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FHS duo max ACT


Those years of scrutinizing textbooks and sweating over exams have really paid off for two seniors at Farragut High School.

The students received a 36, the highest composite score on the ACT, a college entrance exam accepted at most colleges and universities across the country.

Sarah B. Brand, 16, is the only high school student in Tennessee to receive a 36 on the ACT, offered April 2006. Two months later Umang Shukla, 16, followed in Sarah’s footsteps, becoming the only student in Tennessee to receive a 36 on the June 2006 national test administration of the ACT, according to ACT officials.

“My parents called and woke me up [when I was in San Jose, Calif., for vacation to tell me my score,” Shukla said. “I was pretty excited. I kept asking, ‘are you sure, are you sure?’”

Although Shukla’s parents were extremely proud of his score, they continue to remind him that studying is still very important during his senior year.

“[Shukla’s parents] keep saying that [ACT score] doesn’t mean anything. They say keep doing your work or you aren’t going to get anywhere,” Shukla said.

Although the two students have achieved great academic success, their interests extend beyond the classroom.

Shukla is the 2006-2007 Student Government president, vice president of the science club, vice president of Alpha Theta math club, and a member of the Admiral Performing Arts Club, drama club, and Frisbee club among other organizations.

Shukla will apply to Princeton University, his top choice, along with Yale University, Stanford University, Washington Univer-sity in St. Louis and other schools. He is interested in choosing a major in the science or engineering field.

Brand, a straight-A student in high school, is more interested in the arts and is currently concentrating on science fiction writing, a hobby she has held for years she said.

During Summer 2005 Brand attended Alpha, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers, held in Pittsburgh, Pa. This was the highlight of her educational experience, she said.

“I got to meet a lot of people who were really passionate and interested in science fiction writing,” Brand said. “During the last four years I have been working on a novel. The workshop really made me decide to take a step back and just work on short stories.”

Brand is a member of the drama club, the Junior Classical League and a National Honor Society member among other achievements. Brand will apply to Vanderbilt University, her first choice, along with Emory University, Wheaton College and Maryville College.

Brand and Shukla have attended the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts, a five-week summer educat-

ional program.

Shukla speaks fluent Gujarati, his parent’s native language from India. He has studied Spanish in high school.

Brand has studied Latin in high school and plans to continue this education during college.

Before his senior year is over Shukla would like to receive his badge for the Eagle Scout. He has already completed his Eagle Scout project, a series of murals painted on the walls of FHS.

Brand plans on completing a couple more short stories and hopes to complete her senior year with straight-As.

 

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