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SCW student earns perfect score on ACT

SCW junior Abhiram KudaravalliThe City of St. Charles School District would like to congratulate St. Charles West student Abhiram Kudaravalli on earning a composite score of 36 on the ACT, a perfect score. Kudaravalli, a SCW junior, has been with the district since kindergarten.

“Initially I was a little nervous because I was getting my PSAT score 5 days before the test,” Kudaravalli said. “I was worried if I did bad it would affect my confidence, but I scored well so I felt good going into the (ACT) test.”

The ACT is made up of 4 tests covering English, mathematics, reading and science, with each section being scored on a scale of 1-36. Fewer than half of 1% of students who take the ACT earn a perfect score of 36. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of 1.67 million students who took the ACT achieved this feat.

“Reading was the section I was most unsure of as it’s pretty hit or miss,” Kudaravalli said. “I feel if you enjoy the passage it’s way easier, but if you don’t it’s hard to do.”

It should come as no surprise that a student with such well-rounded knowledge has a well-rounded lifestyle. When he’s not busy acing college entrance exams, Kudaravalli participates in cross country/track, esports, National Honor Society, Missouri Health Occupations Students of America, and is even a junior instructor of Taekwondo.

After high school, Kudaravalli is interested in attending either Saint Louis University or University of Missouri-Columbia as in-state options or University of Washington-Seattle or University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as out-of-state options. He’s looking to major in either computer science or pre-med. 

“Right now, it’s a really tough choice,” Kudaravalli said. “I don’t want to give up either of them.”

For a young man that is as intelligent, hard working and determined as Kudaravalli is, there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to figure out a way to do both.