Five Perfect ACT Scores
Five Perfect ACT Scores
Wayzata High School seniors Mason Anderson and William Zeng, juniors Sruti Paladugu and Bella Roussanov, have all earned perfect scores of 36 on the 2013 ACT exam.
Mason Anderson said he studied from the ACT review book for one hour a week for the month leading up to his exam and earned his perfect score on the June 2013 test. He said his normal classwork helped a great deal in preparing him for the exam. Currently, Anderson is in Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP Physics, Spanish 4 and philosophy in literature. Upon graduation he will have taken six AP courses at WHS.
Outside of academics, Anderson is an outside linebacker on the WHS Football team and runs the 800 meter and 1,600 meter events on the WHS Track and Field team. He also volunteers during mass at St. Bartholomew Church in Wayzata.
His top three choices for college next year include the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and Yale. He’s interested in majoring in engineering or a math related field.
William Zeng earned his perfect score the first time on the April 2013 exam and prepared for the test with the real ACT prep book and the ACT online course, which he found wasn’t as helpful. He said his normal classwork at WHS also prepared him for the exam by preparing him for the three portions of the exam through exposure in the related classes.
Zeng is currently in Post Secondary Education and spends most of his day at the University of Minnesota where he is currently enrolled in AP Literature, a statistics class, Spanish 3 and a discussion class on the future of a physician. Upon graduation, Aeng will have taken seven AP courses and 13 AP tests.
Outside of academics, Zeng is on the WHS Math team, Science Olympiad and Science Bowl. He is also a Boy Scout with the rank of Life Scout and very close to earning his Eagle Scout rank. To achieve his Eagle Scout, Zeng is working to install a Chinese library section at Central Middle School that will include books that introduce students to the Chinese language and culture. He is also a member of National Honor Society and volunteers at North Memorial Hospital.
His top three choices for college next year include Harvard, Yale and Princeton and he is interested in majoring in pre-med or biomedical engineering.
Sruti Paladugu earned her perfect score on her first exam taken this fall. She prepared for the test by using the ACT prep books over the summer and looking for example problems and taking practice tests. She said this helped a lot to show her how to approach problems on the exam under the time constraint.
She said her normal classwork also helped prepare her for the exam. Currently she is enrolled in AP U.S. History, AP language and composition, AP biology and AP chemistry. Upon graduation Paladugu expects she will have taken eight to 10 AP courses.
Outside of academics, Paladugu is involved with the WHS Quizbowl team, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl and WHS Math team. She also volunteers at the Plymouth Library and North Memorial Hospital. As a junior she hasn’t yet identified a list of colleges but is interested in majoring in a science or engineering field.
Bella Roussanov said she took a couple practice tests to prepare for the exam but said her normal curriculum helped prepare her. Roussanov is currently enrolled in Advance Placement (AP) U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Language and Composition. Upon graduation, she said she will have taken 12 AP classes and 14 AP tests. Outside of academics, Roussanov participates on the Science Olympiad, Quizbowl and the Relay for Life Committee. She is also a member of National Honors Society, plays the piano and volunteers at the Wayzata Public Library. She is interested in majoring in chemistry, economics or creative writing but hasn’t narrowed down a university list yet.
Zoe Tu said she to a couple practice tests in the week leading up to her exam but “mostly what helped was my regular school work,” she said about preparing for the exam. Tu is taking five Advanced Placement courses during her senior year, including AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Physics and AP Psychology. Upon graduation this spring, she will have taken 11 AP classes and 10 AP tests. Outside of academics, she is captain of the 2013-14 WHS State Championship Swim and Dive Team, captain of the WHS Speech Team, captain of the WHS Science Olympiad Team, a member of LINK crew, in National Honors Society and is a substitute anchor on the WHS Wayzata NewsBreak program. Tu also volunteers at North Memorial Hospital over the summers and tutors classmates at WHS. Her top three choices for college next year are Harvard, Princeton and the University of Minnesota. She is interested in majoring in chemistry and possibly pursuing a career in pharmaceutical medicine.