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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016

Contact: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer, (714) 558-5555 Office, (714) 673-4995 Mobile

News Release: Santa Ana High School Students is 1 in 55 Students in the World to Earn Perfect Score on AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

(February 10, 2016) – Santa Ana Unified School District celebrates Noeli Zarate, a senior at Santa Ana High School, for earning a perfect score on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam in May 2015. This distinction is so superior that it falls into a select category in which Noeli is 1 in 55 students in the world to earn every point possible during this testing period. Furthermore, out of approximately 4.5 million AP Exams taken by 2.5 million U.S. public high schools in 2015, she is 1 in 322 students to earn every point possible, a rare accomplishment.

“What a great role model for every student, male or female, at Santa Ana High School. Noeli embodies the amazing potential that exists in all students if they just begin to look at themselves differently. More importantly, even though Noeli is soft spoken, her mere presence gives others permission to do the same,” said Jeff Bishop, principal of Santa Ana High School.

AP Exams are based on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. “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 AP and 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.

Zarate is a native of Guanajuato, Mexico. Modest about her excellent performance, she said, “I was surprised by the results considering the complexity of the exam. I honestly did not study much because you can’t really prepare for it.” Zarate currently holds a GPA of 4.6. She has yet to make her selection on which college she plans to attend; however, wherever she plans to attend, she says that she will study very hard.

If you are interested in covering this story about a brilliant, inspiring young lady, please contact Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer of the Santa Ana Unified School District at (714) 673-4995 or

Background on Santa Ana Unified School District

Founded in 1888, the Santa Ana Unified School District is the 7th largest school district in California, and the largest school district in Orange County. The district educates approximately 56,000 students at 57 schools throughout the city of Santa Ana. Approximately 60% of district students are English learners with Spanish being the most common language, and approximately 91% of the student population is eligible for free and reduced-price meals.


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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “Santa Ana H.S. student earns a perfect score on the AP Spanish language and culture exam”
  1. LMAO, she’s a native of Guanajuato, Mexico. Let’s see a whit person who is not from Mexico get a perfect score. Then I’ll be impressed.

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