Shruthi Shivkumar, a junior at Peters Township High School, was surprised when she learned she had achieved perfect scores on both the SAT and ACT tests this year.
She also was something else.
“I was very pleased and surprised, but mostly extremely relieved,” Shruthi, 16, said.
Shruthi scored a 36 on the ACT and a 2400 on the SAT.
“We have a few perfects on the ACT, but this is a rare double-dip,” district spokesperson Shelly Belcher said.
Shruthi’s favorite subjects include psychology, biology, chemistry and Advanced Placement language.
“I enjoy science and writing and also love singing and being part of Indian classical dance and music,” which she has been studying for the past eight years, she said.
Although she hasn’t yet selected a college, she would like to major in a science such as neuroscience and minor in creative writing and a social science.
“I do not know yet if I will pursue the medical field but plan on doing some form of research or clinical work,” Shruthi said. “My other goal would be to pursue writing, whether that is through science journalism, health journalism or some form of creative writing.”
Shruthi’s writing has received some recognition. She won second place in Imagine Magazine’s 2017 Creative Minds essay contest, and her essay was chosen to appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Imagine Magazine is published by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
“Being finished with standardized testing definitely took some weight off of my shoulders,” she said. “I will now be pursuing a job and maybe participate in some community or volunteer projects since I have the SAT/ACT off my plate.”
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