The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 21, 2013

Holy macro! Lewisburg senior 1 of 12 worldwide to ace economics exam

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Nate Martin, an 18-year-old Lewisburg Area High senior, is one of just 12 students worldwide to achieve a perfect score on the The College Board’s AP macroeconomics test.

The son of Jack and Barbara Martin, of Lewisburg, earned a top score of 5 on the exam, in which scores range from 1 to 5.

Students taking the macroeconomics exam face 60 multiple-choice questions in 70 minutes, according to the College Board, and a free-response section in 60 minutes, which may require graphical analysis.

Martin answered correctly every multiple-choice question and earned the highest possible score on his essay in the free-response portion, Trevor Packer, a College Board executive, told Lewisburg Area High Principal David Himes of Martin’s accomplishment.

About 85,000 students take the AP macroeconomics exam each year, the College Board says.

“I didn’t know there was such a thing,” Martin said of his distinction. “It was great to tell my parents. They knew I put a lot of work into this course.”

Macroeconomics addresses performance, structure, behavior and decision-making of a whole economy rather than individual markets. It includes national, regional and global economies.

Martin also participates on a Lewisburg team in Economics Pennsylvania’s Stock Market Game and runs cross-country and track. He isn’t sure yet of what he wants to study in college.

Economics is a possibility, he said.

“I like to think in numbers,” Martin said, noting his math and science classes are his favorite. Martin said his macroeconomics class, taught by Michael Creeger, has made him pay more attention to economic news, and in terms others may not think about.

For instance, Martin knows the how important the Federal Reserve’s role is in the national economy as well as what unemployment and inflation numbers really mean.

Lewisburg Area School District scored a spot on the fourth annual AP District Honor Roll, one of 477 schools in the United States and Canada to earn the distinction.

School districts were chosen for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously raising the percentage of students scoring three of higher on AP exams.

This “indicates the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP coursework,” the College Board said in a statement.

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