The Best in the West

This school year is the first one where freshmen are not capped on their GPA (grade point average). This means that the battle for valedictorian and salutatorian will be even more challenging, as now freshmen are now forced to take on their first AP classes in their first year of high school alone.

Prior to this year’s freshmen, students had a cap of a 4.8 weighted GPA. This means that after a specific number of AP classes that a student has passed, any other AP classes they take in the future will only count as an Honors bonus credit (.25 bonus instead of a .5 bonus).

Unlike previous year’s, students will now have to take virtually almost all AP classes to be at the top of their class, unlike previous year’s where around 10 to 15 valedictorians and salutatorians would be named.

“I’m taking AP Human Geography (APHUG) because I enjoy the human aspect of science instead of the physical aspect,” stated freshman Amanda May.

“I’m taking the class because I want to get the extra GPA credit,” stated freshman Alexander Wong.

Freshmen already have a tough time, as they are transitioning from middle school to high school, but the addition of AP classes puts a lot of stress and pressure on the students. However, many of them seem to be on a road to passing the AP exam.

Many freshman are already using studying programs like to help them study, as well as looking over their previous notes every night.

Their ambitions are already set very high to, as many are looking to get into prestigious schools such as UCLA, Stanford, and a list of other Ivy League schools.

However, their wishes are backed up by planning, as many have set decisions on which AP classes they want to take in the future.

“I want to take APHUG and AP Bio in the future,” stated freshman Astrud Curameng.

Overall, the road to be the best will be a challenging one, but with such bright students attending West Career and Technical Academy, it will also be very educational and memorable.

Photo Credit: Stav Levaton

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