Monday, February 18, 2002

Two local teens in elite company

Highest scores made in SAT, ACT

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Annika Goldman, a Walnut Hills High School junior, and Bailey Hopple, a senior at Cincinnati Country Day, have something in common.

        They can't get any better on college tests.

        Ms. Goldman of Clifton was the only one of 19,331 test-takers in Ohio and one of seven of 249,001 nationwide to score a perfect 36 on her ACT in December.

        Ms. Hopple of Mount Lookout scored a 1600, the highest possible score, on her SAT exam taken in May. Of the students who graduated last year, 587 perfect scores were recorded nationwide out of nearly 1.3 million tests taken. The scores for Ms. Hopple's class won't be available until August, so there may be other Tristate students who attained a top score.

        “I was shocked,” Ms. Hopple said. “I almost fell off my chair. I had no idea I could do that.”

        But their results shouldn't come as a surprise.

        Ms. Goldman has a 4.0 grade point average at a top college prep school. She also swims for a team at the Gamble-Nippert YMCA and serves as a Sunday school teacher at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Amberley Village.

        Ms. Hopple has a weighted grade point average of 4.45. She also plays tennis for Cincinnati Country Day and is co-head of the Race Street Tenant Organization Cooperative (ReStoc) Club at her school.

        Ms. Goldman is eyeing Yale University and Ms. Hopple is planning to attend Brown University.


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