St. Mary's students score perfect calculus tests again

9NEWS at 4 p.m. 9/16/16.

ENGLEWOOD - Following in the footsteps of the previous year's perfect class, Gabby Lorance felt the pressure.

"In the weeks leading up to it, I had that panic moment where I was like, I don't know any calculus," Lorance said.

She is a senior at St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls school in Englewood. In 2015, every student in Ishwari Natarajan's calculus class received a '5', the highest possible score on the Advanced Placement Calculus test. Their results each earned them college credit.

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Lorance says being in the class that follows was not easy.

"We were all nervous that we would be that one person to get like a '4'," Lorance said.

But, the teacher known as 'Miss Ishwari' wanted her students to relax. She works to make math more memorable by having fun in her class with videos, jokes, and numerical puns.

"Truly, within our little calculus family, we were not going to worry about the scores because that was the only way to function," Natarajan said, with a wink on the word 'function'.

Lorance says that approach helped.

"Especially since the class before us did so well, it kind of took some pressure off and we never felt from Ms. Ishwari that as all had to get '5s' too," Lorance said.

Of course, they did anyway.

"When we achieved it again, I think it was absolutely thrilling and exciting," Natarajan said.

Now, with two classes achieving perfection, Lorance says the pressure is really on for the next class.

"I'm glad I'm not in this class, I feel like the pressure is a bit high," Lorance said while smiling.

Natarajan does not know for sure if any other school has ever had a 100 percent, perfect score rate on the AP Calculus test twice, especially an all-girls school. But, she says she feels like history is being made.

"This is very special what we have going on here at St. Mary's Academy," Natarajan said.

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