Saturday, April 20, 2002

Three Sycamore students ace SATs

They join very exclusive club of test-takers

By Earnest Winston,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYCAMORE TWP. — It's a hat trick for Sycamore.

        Three students — all juniors — at Sycamore High School achieved perfect SAT scores.

        “We think it's pretty amazing. The high school is buzzing with the fact that we had three perfect SATs,” said Krista Ramsey, spokeswoman for Sycamore Schools.

        Christine Lin, 16, of Symmes Township, said this was her third time taking the SAT. “I opened it and I didn't really believe because it didn't sink in until a couple of days later,” said the teen, who visited Yale University last summer but has not yet decided on a college.

        Also achieving perfect 1600 scores from Sycamore were Daniel Cheng and Daniel Ash.

        Other area students known to have achieved a perfect SAT score in 2001 or 2002:

        • Anderson H.S. senior Nathaniel Downs aced the SAT as a junior.
        • Seven Hills Schools junior Kristian Lappalainen.
        • An unidentifed student from St. Xavier High School.
        • Cincinnati Country Day senior Bailey Hopple.
        • Grant County High School sophomore Josh O'Flaherty.
        • Charles Kersten got a perfect score last year as a senior at St. Xavier High School.

        Josh O'Flaherty didn't bother studying before taking the SAT in March. He figured he would study the next time he took the test.

        “I expected to do pretty good on it, but I didn't quite expect to do that good,” Josh said.

        Earning a perfect score does not guarantee admission at all colleges.

        “It's a plus, but independent of everything else, I would not say it's a plus,” said Marlyn McGrath Lewis, director of admissions for Harvard University. “We see a lot of people with perfect scores, but it won't get you in.”

        Of the 2.3 million students who took the tests nationwide during the 2000-2001 cycle, only 587 aced the exam, according to Kevin Gonzalez, spokesman for the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service.


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