Graduating senior Charles E. Power has been named a National AP Scholar, a prestigious distinction granted to students in the U.S. who receive an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.
During his sophomore and junior years at Loyola, Power took an impressive eight AP exams and received a score of five on every single one. These include: AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, AP Spanish Language and Composition, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics and AP U.S. Government and Politics.
Notably, Power earned a five on the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam without taking the corresponding AP course about the subject.
Similarly, Power took the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics exams without the corresponding AP classes, but rather with a foundation in Honors Econ.
And that’s not to mention the three AP exams Power took this year as a senior—AP Spanish Literature, AP Chemistry and AP English Language—but those results will not be released until July.
Perhaps surprisingly, Power says that he doesn’t have a particular study strategy for AP exams. In contrast to many high school students who are stressed on a quest for the coveted five, Power shares a refreshingly calm approach. “While each exam requires some preparation, I have found that for math and science tests, doing practice problems is most important,” he explains. “And other tests like English or Spanish you can't study for as much because the test does not have as many memorizable concepts. It’s more about skills built up throughout the year.”
It’s likely that this approach has been a key component in the high school success of Power, who is also a four-year athlete on the Golf team and the editor-in-chief of The Prep, Loyola’s student newspaper.
The distinction of National AP Scholar is a tremendous achievement and adds an exclamation point to the close of Power’s very successful high school career.
At Loyola’s 107th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27, Power’s grandfather, John J. Schornack ’47, will hand him his diploma in keeping with a cherished Loyola tradition that honors legacy families at the Academy.
In the fall, Power will attend Boston College and is considering a major in either mathematics or economics.