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Deer Creek sophomore notches perfect ACT score

14-year-old Deer Creek student Soorajnath Boominathan is the school's first in many years to achieve a 36 on the ACT exam.
BY STEVE GUST Published: February 9, 2013

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.

Mission accomplished.

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.

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