Bath, Maine – Morse High School/RSU1 celebrates Balt von Huene for earning perfect scores on his Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in spring 2014.
Looking across approximately 4 million AP Exams taken by 1.5 million U.S. public high school 11th and 12th graders in 2014, only 285 students earned every point possible on an AP Exam; answering every multiple choice question correctly and earning full points on the free-response section of the exam. It is very rare for a high school student to earn every point possible on the exam. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Balt was the only student in the world to earn every point possible on his specific AP Exam, the AP Environmental Science Exam.
AP Exam scores are based on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. Balt received the top score of 5. Eric Varney, the AP Environmental Science Teacher at Morse, was not surprised by Balt’s success. He commented, “This is an absolutely extraordinary accomplishment. As Balt's teacher, I probably find this accomplishment less surprising than most; Balt is smart, hard-working, and intuitive. However, Balt's attention to detail and his focus on the truth and accuracy in his work are the characteristics that make him a superior student. Balt is constantly questioning lab results, text content, and opinions. This questioning provides him with a very deep understanding of the material. I have taught this course for nine years; many talented Morse students have taken this exam, but I have never had a student earn a perfect score. Extrapolating this idea to all of the students who take this exam in the world... this is an extraordinary accomplishment... hats off to Balt!”
“AP Courses and exams are college level, and require hard work and focus on the part of students and their teachers,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of instruction at the College Board. “On behalf of the College Board, we congratulate the students and community members who make challenging coursework and focused practice a priority, and who motivate and encourage all students to capture their academic potential.”
The College Board is committed to ensuring that students have access to opportunities they have earned. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.
In 2014, more than 3,900 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the U.S. offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
Photo: Eric Varney, AP Environmental Science Teacher and Sagadahoc County Teacher of the Year, congratulates Balt von Huene on a job well done. Balt credits his success on the exam to hard work, great teachers, and a little guessing on the topic of plate tectonics.