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West High student with two perfect scores

Rajiv Tarigopula, a senior at West High School, received a perfect SAT score of 2400 to match his perfect ACT test score of 36.  Over a million students take the SAT each year and on average only 20 of them score a perfect 2400.

More than 1.5 million students in the class of 2009 took the SAT, the most widely used and researched standardized college admission test.  The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.  The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States and six times a year at international sites and assesses critical thinking and problem-solving skills in three areas -- critical reading; mathematics; writing.

A 36 is the highest possible composite score possible on the ACT college entrance exam.  Typically, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top composite score.  The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science.  Parkway students achieved an average ACT score of 24.1, which is the fourth-highest of 524 Missouri school districts. The state and U.S. averages are 21.6 and 21.1 respectively.

Last spring Tarigopula served as a U.S. Senate Page, and was one of only 30 high school juniors selected from across the country.

Tarigopula has been a National Spelling Bee and National Vocabulary Bee finalist.  In addition, he won an inaugural essay contest sponsored by Lindenwood University in which high school students were asked to write about what they would change as president. (Rajiv wrote about energy independence.)

To read the stories in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch click here and here.