Campo Verde senior is among the top AP students in the world
As NeryAnne Jinon begins to make her future plans, the senior at Campo Verde High School has one more accomplishment to add to her resume. She is one of 375 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Research Exam.
“I spent a lot of time on it. It’s nice to see it pay off that much,” she said.
The exam is actually a research project, paper, and presentation. Jinon spent her junior year collecting data, synthesizing a literature review, writing a 5,000 word essay, and preparing her presentation. Her topic focused on severe mental illness, specifically looking at the recovery process and the barriers preventing patients from having autonomy. For hours, she would read through medical research exploring resources, treatment methods, information about caregivers, and options for community support.
"There weren't a lot of studies that focused on how all of these aspects fed into recovery. They only wanted to focus on one or the other, and I still think it is really important that all of it feeds together in a holistic sense for the recovery of the whole person,” she said.
Jinon says her incredible accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of her teachers at Campo Verde. They provided time and space for her to study, write, and rehearse her presentation. They also offered feedback and edited her paper. She says it will be the teachers that she misses the most when it comes time for her to graduate.
“Definitely the teachers. The teachers here are so great,” she said, “I love the way they teach.”
Jinon is now applying to colleges. Her goal is to attend a university and continue her studies in psychology.
"I definitely want to go into research at some point, so I know that I'm going to get at least a master's degree. I want to major in psychology, and the idea of a PhD is really interesting to me. I definitely want to continue doing my own research," she said.
Her experience in the AP courses at Campo Verde have prepared her for higher education. Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program, applauds Jinon and Campo Verde for her success.
“This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Campo Verde High School,” Packer said, “We applaud NeryAnne’s hard work and the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course.”