Zhang Scores Perfect on AP Drawing Exam

Canterbury High School junior Sophia Zhang earned a perfect score on the college-level Advanced Placement® (AP®) Drawing Exam in May 2023. She was one of only 308 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Drawing Exam.

Zhang’s Canterbury High School art teacher Trevor Campbell said her portfolio looked to answer the question, “How can I compose drawings to realistically capture endangered animal species in the wild to instill sympathy with the viewer? How can I use charcoal and chalk pastel to convey different values, patterns, and textures while working with form and perspective with an emphasis on backgrounds?”

“Sophia’s work is detailed and captivating,” Campbell said, “pulling the viewer in and instilling a sense of awe - reminding us what makes our world so special and unique. Her portfolio was also on display this past spring at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, leading up to Endangered Species Day!”

“AP courses and exams are college-level, requiring great focus and persistence among participating students,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program. “We applaud the educators who encourage students to challenge themselves, who motivate and encourage diverse students to achieve their academic potential.”

The Advanced Placement Program is committed to ensuring that students have access to the 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.

Congratulations, Sophia!