WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — A Watertown student is being praised for outstanding academics. Immaculate Heart Central School announced this week that High School Student Liesel Barkei earned a perfect score after taking the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam in May.

According to IHC, earning a perfect score is “rare.” Barkei was one of only 11 students in the world to score so well, earning every point possible on the test.

The test and its corresponding course are college-level, according to IHC Advanced Placement Program Head Trevor Packer. “AP courses and exams are college-level, requiring great focus and persistence among participating students,” he said. “We applaud the educators who encourage students to challenge themselves, who motivate and encourage diverse students to achieve their academic potential.”

After learning that Barkei had received a perfect score, her teachers at Immaculate Heart Central heaped praise upon her. “Liesel is a talented and diligent student who possesses remarkable faculty of language,” said Jillian Norris, Barkei’s English and language arts teacher. “She is a gifted writer who persistently works to enhance her skills. Her unique insights and humor shine in her written work and have proven to be valuable assets in-class discussion.”

“While IHC values integrating our rigorous curriculum with the AP program, Liesel’s individual accomplishment is a testament to her consistent dedication to growth in writing and analysis,” Norris added.

Colleges and universities around the world receive AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or consideration in the admission process.