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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

MAST’s Mind-blowing Makos

Three Mast Academy students have received perfect scores on their AP exams

This year, three MAST Academy students achieved perfect scores on the AP exams. Nicolas Alvarez and Isabella Ferrer received recognition for their scores on the AP Spanish Language exam and Edgar Batista for the AP Computer Science Principles exam. 

“Actually I didn’t really study but I know Spanish very well since I am from Argentina and I lived in Uruguay for 8 years,” Alvarez said, “Also, Ms. Paisley [MAST’s AP Spanish Language teacher] gave me tips to take the test.”

Ferrer, on the other hand, got her perfect score by studying using the Ray Dass AP Spanish Language program.

“I feel very happy that I was able to get a perfect score on the test,” she said.

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Batista received his perfect score on the AP Computer Science principles exam by studying using tools provided by his teacher, Mr. Eugene Cruz.

“Computer principles is one of the easier APs, but it’s not necessarily easy especially because there is a project portion of the exam where you have to do the project and write all the written response questions correctly,” Batista said, “I never expected to get a perfect score, but I was definitely really happy at the end of the test.”

Getting a perfect score on an AP exam is no easy task. Good job Makos!




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About the Contributors
Mateo Zamora
Mateo Zamora, Staff Writer

Mateo Zamora is a freshman at MAST Academy. He is in his first year here at the school, coming from Henry S. West laboratory in 2023. Zamora thinks this school is a great place to learn and meet new people. 

Zamora likes MAST because he enjoys the school and all the teachers. He also enjoys world history, saying that it's his favorite subject. His least favorite subject is math, which “makes no sense.” 

Zamora comes from a long line of Guatemalan journalists who work to fight against corruption and unfairness in Central American countries. 

Amy Garcia
Amy Garcia, Staff Writer
Amy Garcia is a freshman and student journalist at MAST Academy at Virginia Key. She came to MAST because she had heard of its reputation and believed it was a good school and would be an interesting location. This is her first year at MAST and on The Beacon. Garcia joined the school newspaper because she likes to know what is going on at her school and enjoys interviewing and talking to others. She is very social and likes to get to know people. She wants to cover MAST sports and tackle the controversial and sensitive topics that often need to be written. Garcia likes to know more about people and the reason behind their personalities and interests. She is interested in studying psychology and is reaching for schools like Stanford and Yale.
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