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FHS pair ace ACT

Second time’s the charm for two Farragut High School seniors.

Andrew Hanson and Edward Ko, both 17, scored perfect 36’s on their ACT tests.

Scoring a perfect 36 isn’t an easy feat. Only 638 of about 1.5 million students score a composite 36.

Students are tested in mathematics, English, reading and science. The scores from each section are averaged to determine a student’s overall test score.

Both students aced the test on their second attempts. Both scored a 35 the first time.

“I just do good on tests,” Andrew said.

Math was the easiest and English was more difficult for him, he added.

Andrew plans to apply to Ivy League colleges such as Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While academics are important to Andrew, he also focuses his attention on playing French horn as a member of the FHS Admirals Marching and concert bands for the last four years.

For community service, he has nearly completed his Eagle Scout Project with the American Red Cross.

Once he graduates from college, he hopes to perform “research in possibly the field of physics. I enjoy it because it’s applied math.”

Edward said he actually studied less the second time he took the ACT during the 2009-2010 school year.

He said he hopes to “get into” MIT.

“I’ll need everything I can to help.”

A perfect 36 is a definite help.

Edward has played violin with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra for the last five years.

He also teaches chess at the Knox County Bearden Branch Library.

He is active in Science Club, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Scholars Bowl and Technology Student Association.

After he graduates from college, he hopes to go into the medical engineering field.

FHS math teacher Wanda Lacy taught both students last year in her calculus class.

She said of the two, “They’re both amazing students. They do their work and they’re willing to help others understand math principles and problems. Learning comes easy to them –– I could give them the most challenging problem and they’ll solve it.

“They both can do anything they want to do in life. They’re dedicated to excellence. ... I’m fortunate to have taught these two students. I teach to make a difference, but these two made a difference in my life,” Lacy added.


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