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FHS Junior Scores a Perfect 2400 on the SAT (January, 2006)

Steven ZhuSteven Zhu, FHS junior, took the new SAT test in December, and left feeling like he had done well. Little did he know that in January he would find out that he made a perfect score of 2400. In the new test, which is more rigorous, a writing component has been added which increased the perfect score from 1600 to 2400 – 800 in each area of verbal, math and writing.

“It made my year,” Zhu said. “It was a pleasant surprise.”

Zhu said that you can really only do so much to prepare for the test and the rest is luck. He said that he felt good going into the test because he had taken the old version as a 7th grader for the Duke Talent Search and he had also taken it as a sophomore when he had decided to apply for entry into the Texas Academy of Math and Science. Since he had not taken the written essay portion, however, his father had bought him books put out by the College Board that he read over the Thanksgiving break.

Principal Rick Burnett is proud of Steven’s accomplishments and states that he is a very well-rounded student and he is glad he decided to stay at FHS rather than attend TAMS. Zhu is involved on the Academic Decathlon team, performing very well last year, and he is also on the UIL academic team for computer science, which won district last year. He is a part of the science club and has also participated in band and the Young Idealists club. Zhu said his enjoyment of the high school experience is what kept him at FHS.

Practicing for the AcDec competitions is good preparation for test, he said. He gives particular credit to his AP Language and Composition teacher Ms. Suzanne Sayers who is also the AcDec essay coach. He says she has taught them how to write an essay well and he feels that it was instrumental in enabling him to do well on that test.

Steven has attended FISD schools since 3rd grade. He went to Curstinger, Smith, Clark and FHS. He plans to attend MIT or Stanford after he graduates next year and to major in Electrical Engineering.