Recently, we interviewed freshman Malcolm Patton about his above average education. Patton is a student at Uniontown Area High School already taking AP classes despite the fact that he is only a freshman. As an 8th grader, Patton took his SAT, and now Patton is going above and beyond, excelling in AP Calculus.
Q: Why did you choose to take AP Calculus so early on in your high school career?
A: “I started taking math classes in 4th grade early. Soon I was in Algebra 2 and already knew much of what they were teaching me, so they advanced me. And here I am.”
Q: What do you think helped/pushed you to take AP Calculus?
A: “Pretty early on I discovered I could teach myself math using the internet.”
Q: Do you plan on taking college courses while still in high school or are you already?
A: “I plan on taking some upper level calculus classes at WVU because it’s crazy cheap and I can start as a sophomore. Maybe some theoretical math classes also.”
Q: What extracurricular activities do you participate in and what do you like to do in your free time?
A: “I am on the cross country team, I’m in drama club, Academic League, and the Math team. Outside of school I am on the Fayette County 4-H Robotics team, I’ve taken piano lessons since I was 3, and I like to read.”
Q: Do you have any current plans for after high school?
A: “I want to go to college. I’m looking at post secondary education. Probably for something math or art related.”
Q: Any tips for other students who may follow this path?
A: “Don’t be afraid to get to know your classmates because you’re probably going to be around those people for years to come.”