High school senior achieves perfect SAT score

It is safe to say that high school senior Jordan Ross strives for perfection.
Despite scoring quite well on the ACT, a standardized achievement examination for college admissions, the Evangelical Christian School valedictorian took the test three times just to see if he could get a flawless score of 36.

“I wanted to get a perfect score,” the 18-year-old said. “I guess I consider myself a competitive person.”

But the Collierville resident could not top his personal best of 34.

So, Ross eventually decided to accept his score. After all, with a 4.9 grade point average, college admission was not likely to be an issue.

However, when Ross was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, he learned that he would be required to take the SAT, another popular standardized test.

“In order to be considered one of the finalists,” he said, “I had to take it. I hadn’t planned on taking it, though.”

So, he took the test last October, and the result was flawless. He scored a perfect 2400. The average SAT score is around 1500.

“I actually didn’t think it was as hard (as the ACT),” he said. “It was just longer.”

Ross, who is president of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta at ECS, said he hardly prepared for the test.

“I went online and answered a few sample questions,” he said. “I felt pretty comfortable with those, so I didn’t study anymore.”

Two weeks ago, Ross decided to accept a scholarship to attend Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., this fall. He plans to major in biochemistry and would eventually like to work for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. 

Ross attributes his academic success to the teaching staff at ECS.
“I achieved a perfect score on the SAT and the honor of valedictorian as a result of the academic emphasis of my school,” he said. “However, my teachers have also strengthened my faith by expanding my understanding of the doctrine and lifestyle to which a Christian is called to adhere.”
He also cites his parents Cyndee and Jeff as major influences.

“I think they would be proud of me either way,” he noted. “But they are happy for me, because I am happy about it.”

Ross has attended ECS since the fourth grade and is also a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Germantown.