2018 Lufkin High School graduate, Cristal Delacruz, received a perfect score on the AP United States Government and Politics Exam she took last year. She earned a top score of 5 on the exam, but was one among 113 students in the world who scored a perfect score according to a letter from The College Board.

In the letter, Trevor Packer, Senior Vice-President of AP and Instruction at The College Board said, “This outstanding accomplishment is likely the direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Lufkin High School. We applaud Cristal’s hard work and also the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course.”

Christine Tarbutton, World History, Lead Teacher and European History AP Teacher, said in an email to Delacruz to let her know of her accomplishment, “I speak for many of your teachers who agree that we cannot take much credit for any of your accolades, but instead that we were simply privileged to be a part of your journey.  We are all SO PROUD of you, Cristal, and all of your accomplishments!”

Cristal Delacruz, is attending Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she received a full scholarship from QuestBridge.


Tarbutton went on to say, “I hope you are still loving Dartmouth, and enjoying those beautiful ‘seasons’ I’ve read about. Congratulations again!  We are honored to know you!”

Delacruz is majoring in history at Dartmouth College and would like to work as an archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.