| Bishop O'Dowd student
gets perfect SAT score
Ryan Seideman '15 was up early on May 22, finishing up some homework before heading to school, and decided to check the College Board website for his SAT score. Ryan had taken the test for the first time a few weeks prior, and knew the scores were to be released that day.
At first glance, Ryan was certain there was a mistake. He couldn't believe what he was seeing — a perfect score of 2400.
He refreshed the page, fully expecting to see different numbers populate the screen. But 2400 remained.
Ryan woke his parents up to tell them the exciting news. Still, Ryan wanted additional verification. So he stopped by Counselor Fran Warmerdam's office when he arrived at school.
"Ryan waited outside of my door through a long appointment. Then he sheepishly came into my office, showed me the score report on his phone, and said 'Could you check this? I'm not sure if I'm reading it right,' " Warmerdam said.
"It clearly showed 800 on each section. I said, 'You aren't hallucinating, Ryan. You got a perfect score!'"
What impressed Warmerdam the most was what Ryan did next. "He went to thank his English teacher, Lani Wolf, because he said he could have never earned those perfect scores on critical reading and writing without her help and support," she said.
Achieving a perfect SAT score is no small feat. Warmerdam said that during her 29 years as an O'Dowd counselor, only one of her past students has done so.
Nationally, among the more than 1.6 million students in the Class of 2013 that took the SAT, 494 achieved the highest possible score. In California, among the 234,767 students in the Class of 2013 that took the SAT, 98 achieved the highest possible score.
Ryan was hoping for an SAT score close to 2200. "I had no expectation of getting a perfect score. It was pretty shocking, because there were a few questions that I didn't think I got right," he said.
Ryan isn't letting the accomplishment go to his head — and is quick to point out that he got a 9 out of 12 on the essay portion of the test. "I don't have any guaranteed college admissions. I still have to keep working hard," he said.
Active in drama and debate, Ryan has a cumulative grade point average of 4.1. He visited Georgetown University over Easter Break and liked what he saw, but he's planning to research other schools in the coming months.
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