In her 15 years with Hillsborough County schools, Judy Pressley has seen a couple of students get perfect scores on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT.
Now she has two, seniors Ana Cheng and Nathaniel Lee, in one year at the school where she works.
“We’re very proud of those two,” said Pressley, the college and career counselor at Steinbrenner High. “It is quite an accomplishment. It just doesn’t happen much — anywhere.”
Actually, two others in Hillsborough also received perfect scores. Senior Ian Ludden of Bloomingdale High and junior Haoqing Wang of King High also tallied perfect 1,600 scores on the same two sections of the test.
None of the four notched a perfect 2,400 score when writing was added to the mix. Nathaniel, who was taking the test for the first time, was just 10 points away from that, however.
Twenty-four students in Florida out of more than 112,000 who took the exam scored a perfect 1,600 on the critical reading and math segments of the test, said Leslie Sepuka, a spokeswoman for The College Board. Five of those received a perfect 2,400 total for all three parts.
Those four weren’t the only ones in Hillsborough who excelled at college entrance examinations.
Kevin Mutchnick, a junior at Robinson High, and Suvetha Ravichandran, a senior at Hillsborough High, scored a 36 on the ACT – the top possible score for that exam.
“It’s certainly rare,” said Bill Orr, principal at Hillsborough High. “It’s a very cool thing.”