For a high school sophomore, Soorajnath Boominathan is making quite a name for himself.
Boominathan, 14, is the only Deer Creek High School student in many years to achieve a perfect 36 on the ACT exam, school officials said.
Unlike many who have recorded a perfect score, this was the first time he had taken the college entrance examination.
“I was just taking it for practice,” Boominathan said.
He joins an elite group of students nationwide with a perfect ACT score. The Oklahoma average score is just under 21, and of the 1.6 million tests last year, only 781, or just less than 0.05 percent, were perfect scores.
In addition, Boominathan is probably one of the youngest in the nation to achieve perfection. He turned 14 in November, the month before he mastered the test.
He discovered his perfect score in January by checking the Internet.
“I also received a letter,” he said.
Welcoming the news is Deer Creek High School Principal Tracy Skinner
“Sooraj is a good communicator and well-rounded,” Skinner said. “He's also known by students as the kid who can help you.”
Skinner said she had talked to a counselor who had been at Deer Creek for more than 12 years and couldn't remember a Deer Creek student achieving a perfect ACT.
Boominathan is now concentrating on his Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the SAT college aptitude test.
He said he would like to attend Stanford when he graduates from Deer Creek in two years.
“I would like to study in either the science or math field,” he said.
He's already received interest and letters from colleges wanting him as a student.
He's studied at Deer Creek since sixth grade, when his family moved to the district from the Edmond School District. His father is an information technology specialist for Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Boominathan said he has been an avid reader since he was a small child.
“I don't have a photographic memory, but I do tend to see and remember a lot of what I've read,” he said.
He also plays piano and is a member of the academic team, National Honor Society and the robotics team.
He said the Deer Creek academic team won a regional competition recently and will be traveling to the National Science Bowl this April in Washington, D.C.
He is taking advanced placement classes at Deer Creek and most likely will take some college math classes in the future at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“I like math the best,” he said. “Unlike some subjects, there is only one answer to a problem.”
Because he takes so many AP classes, he has a weighted grade-point average of 4.44 and could be on his way to becoming a Deer Creek valedictorian in two years.
What would be his message for students?
“I would tell all high school students to take advantage of this experience,” he said. “You only get four years. Make the most of them.”