Dobyns-Bennett High School Students Earn Perfect AP Exam Score

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School senior, Ria Kothari and recent graduate, Noah Lee have earned a perfect score on a college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in spring 2022.
Kothari and Lee are among an elite group of students in the world to earn every point possible on an AP Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.
"Congratulations to Ria and Noah on this remarkable accomplishment," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "They are both hardworking and research-minded students and it is not surprising that either would accomplish this feat. We wish Noah the best as he continues his education at Duke this fall and Ria as she works through her senior year at D-B. AP Seminar and Research are remarkable courses that will definitely give students a competitive edge as they pursue and continue their education beyond high school." 
Advanced Placement® Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 and Kothari and Lee earned the top score of five on the AP Research Exam out of 306 students in the world.
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.
Colleges and universities around the world receive AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process. To learn more about AP, please visit
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