Cameron Clarke might not be a name you readily recognize, but his accomplishments surely deserve to be highlighted and shared. The senior student at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT, a feat he credits to focus.
“I put in a lot of work,” Clarke told Philly.com columnist Jenice Armstrong. “I took a prep class with some of my friends, and I did a lot of practice tests from a book. But that only prepares you so much. The difference between getting, like, a 2400 and a couple of points lower is just focus.”
A reported 1.66 million students took the SAT in 2012, but only 360 test takers received a perfect score. Clarke took the college admissions test once before– charting a 2190– but felt he could do better. “Perfect score” better.
“You can screw up or mess up on the smallest of things,” he said. “And I just feel like on that particular day, I was focused and I got kind of lucky, I guess, that I didn’t make any mistakes.”
Now the National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and accomplished cellist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has his sights set on the future. The 18-year-old brainiac says his dream school is Princeton and with a score like that, we’re sure he won’t have too much trouble persuading admissions counselors.
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