Thursday, October 14, 2010
By BARRY BURLESON
Calvin James Jr. aimed for a perfect score and he got it.
The sophomore at Holly Springs High School made a 500 on the Biology I test, administered through the Mississippi Department of Education Subject Area Testing Program. He took the test in the 2009-10 school year as a freshman.
He said on the first day of school last year the biology teacher, Lender Luse, challenged the students – saying she would give $100 to anyone achieving a perfect score.
“I promised her I would make it,” James said.
He said he spent a lot of time studying, plus there was plenty of class preparation.
“Ms. Luse is a great teacher,” he said.
The test itself, James said, was easy and he was not surprised by his perfect score.
“I thought I did well,” he said.
James is the son of Calvin Sr., a Holly Springs alderman, and Rita James. The honor roll student at Holly High plans to become an engineer or an architect. He is a member of the robotics team, which Luse coaches. He also attended an engineering camp in Nashville, Tenn.
Luse, a Byhalia native who has taught 28 years, is in her third year at Holly High. She actually contributed to the Biology I textbook, prepared especially for Mississippi. Her name is in the book.
“I looked over the book – all of the activities – and made recommendations,” she said.
She said James “is an exceptional student” with a bright future ahead of him.
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