Student joins exclusive club with perfect score on AP test

DAVIS, Calif. — Matthew Cheung is one of only 12 worldwide to achieve a perfect score on his Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.

The Davis Senior High School student, 18, said Tuesday that he was fairly confident of a good showing when he took the exam at the high school in May because he scored well on the final exam for his calculus class.

Typically, students don't learn their precise AP scores beyond rankings on a scale of 1 to 5.

"I figured that I would never know, since they don't tell you what percent you got," he said.

"And I didn't know they made an exception for perfect scores."

Cheung and his mother, Julie, said that the family tree does not appear to include math aficionados. But Julie Cheung said her son is a self-motivated person.

"Mattie has always been very self-directed," she said.

"We have really never pushed. We supported him when he expressed interest. We have not done anything unique."

A total of 302,531 students took the calculus test last year.— The Sacramento Bee

Foundation puts $6.5 million toward arts in Chicago

CHICAGO — The MacArthur Foundation is focusing this year on its hometown by distributing $6.5 million to more than a dozen Chicago arts groups.

The foundation on Thursday announced 14 recipients of this year's MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions.

In the past, the award has gone to organizations worldwide. But this year, the Chicago-based foundation gave only to Chicago theater, film, music, opera, arts and dance groups as a "commitment to its hometown."

The largest of this year's grants, $1 million, goes to Lookingglass Theatre on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.

Other recipients include the Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Film Archives and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

Grants range from $200,000 to $1 million based on the size of the group's budget. The awards have been given out since 2006.— AP

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