“This means I can be more secure in applying to some of the higher ranked colleges. We looked at some of the Ivy League schools and 25 percent of the people there have a 35 or 36 on the ACT, so with this I can be more confident in applying to schools likes that.”
By COLLIN BROOKS
David Crockett sophomore Corbin Cowden said Saturday, April 9, didn’t feel like a different day, besides the fact that it was his turn to take the ACT. He made sure to pack his needed snacks, which included jelly beans. That must have been the perfect fuel, as Cowden made a 36 — a perfect score — on his ACT test.
“I was hyped up on sugar and chocolate,” Cowden said with a slight grin.
That smile has graced his face since he opened his mailbox on Monday night when he received the letter that told him he made a perfect score on the test.
Staring at the letter, he said he was shocked and surprised. His mother had a similar reaction.
“About a half an hour later, after she stopped screaming with joy, I started calling some other people and telling them about it,” he said. “I wanted to get a really good score, I didn’t think I would get a perfect score.”
Cowden is Crockett’s first perfect score, according to the guidance department at the high school. The 16-year-old said he wants to go into the medical technology field and is looking at schools like Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cal Tech, University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University.
“This means I can be more secure in applying to some of the higher ranked colleges,” Cowden said. “We looked at some of the Ivy League schools and 25 percent of the people there have a 35 or 36 on the ACT, so with this I can be more confident in applying to schools likes that.”
But he still has a couple of goals, including trying to ace the SAT and trying to receive the National Merit Scholarship.