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Perfect Scores: Two AHHS students earn perfect scores on college readiness exams

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Erik Russell, at left, accomplished what fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students can achieve: a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. ACT scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Russell, a graduating senior, has also been recognized as a National Merit Scholar. He is enrolled in all AP classes and swims with the Alamo Heights High School water polo team. AHHS junior West Bakke, at right, earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT. The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions with three test categories including mathematics, critical reading and writing. Possible scores on the SAT range from 600 to 2400, combining the three 800-point test categories. Of the 1.66 million annual test-takers, only about 350 students worldwide achieve a perfect score.

Bakke is enrolled in all honors and AP classes and plans to study business or engineering in college. He is an AP scholar and has earned recognition for his achievements on the National Spanish Exam. An avid golfer, Bakke is a member of the AHHS varsity golf team.

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