BRAINTREE, MA NOVEMBER 15––Archbishop Williams High School (AWHS) recently added Richard Chaudhary of Quincy, MA and Yingzhe (Jason) Zhao of Qinhuangdao, China to the AWHS "800 Club"––special recognition for students who earn a perfect score of 800 in any of the three sections on the SATs. Chaudhary and Zhao both earned 800s on the mathematics section.
Each year, nearly three million juniors and seniors from high schools all over the world take the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, otherwise known as the SATs. In 2012, less than one percent (.69%) of the students who took the exam earned a maximum score of 800 in the mathematics portion (collegboard.org).
"800s are very rare, and symbolize absolute excellence and perfection," said Principal Dr. Mariano. "For a school of our size to have one student earn a perfect score would merit congratulations. To have two is a cause for celebration!"
"The SAT is such an important test and is a crucial part of a college application," said
Chaudhary, who spent his summer weekends completing preparation work for the exam. "It's really the only way that you're measured equally against every other applicant."
Zhao, an exchange student from China who lives in Quincy, MA, couldn't wait to tell his parents about his score. "I couldn't wait to tell them that they made the right decision to send me here." He saidEnglish was a problem for him when he first came to America, but believes his shortcoming in English made him stronger and work even harder. "All the handicaps I went through in these past two years finally paid off." Zhao hopes to study aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
"If I could give one piece of advice to everyone taking the SAT," said Chaudhary, "I would say that hard work and preparation really does pay off. I couldn't have done it without the motivation and support from my amazing teachers and mentors at Archbishop Williams." He hopes to study biomedical engineering and pre-med at either the University of Pennsylvania or Harvard University.
"Richard and Jason are model students and magnificent young men," said Dr. Mariano. "I could not be prouder to see them join our '800 Club,' which has grown by six students in the past three years!"
Other members of the AWHS "800 Club" include Matthew Severance '12 (Critical Reading), Brian Nguyen '12 (Biology subject test), John Remmes '11 (Mathematics), and Dennis Marquis '11 (Mathematics).
"I have no doubt that more will follow," said Dr. Mariano. "Archies is committed to helping our students strive for greatness like those in our '800 Club!'"