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Perfect Pair: Two PMSA Students Earn Rare Perfect Scores on SAT Subject Exams

March 16, 2012 10:00 AM
Forest Park, IL...It is very rare that Proviso Township High Schools celebrates a "perfect pair." That is two students scoring a perfect 100 on any SAT subject exam.

Perhaps these two have made history.

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Cristian Saucedo, of Maywood scored a perfect 100 on his SAT Math Exam. Marvin Gomez of Melrose Park scored a perfect 100 in Spanish.

"Marvin and Christian are absolutely in an elite group of students," said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. "Very few students score a perfect score on the SAT subject area test. We are so proud of our students’ outstanding accomplishments. We attribute this score to their due diligence, hard work and dedication. Way to go Cristian and Marvin!"

SAT Subject Tests are the only national admission tests that measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas and their ability to apply that knowledge. They are closely linked to the high school curriculum and have a proven track record of providing colleges with a highly reliable, objective assessment of student readiness for college-level work. Earning a perfect score is a rarity. Yet, these two students managed to make it happen.

"I am very proud of myself," said Marvin, who wants to study English and Spanish Media at DePaul University. "It’s meaningful to me that I earned a perfect score since I am planning to go into communications."

Cristian, a member of PMSA’s math team, plans to study applying mathematics at the University of Chicago.

"My score has made me even more confident in mathematics," he said. "I felt confident taking the test, but I was still surprised that I did so well. I’ve always been interested in math. My score just shows that this is something that I enjoy doing. Apparently I’m pretty good at it."

Cristian was not the only one surprised.

"How that happened? I have no idea, but we are so proud of him," said Cristian’s mom, Mrs. Saucedo. "He has always done very well in math. He has always been far above his grade level, but for him to get a perfect score was just like, ‘wow.’ We are beyond excited, and we are beyond proud of him and all of his accomplishments."

Marvin’s family, who moved to the United States just 10 year ago, shared similar sentiments.

"We are very happy and excited for Marvin," said Marvin’s oldest sister, Madeline. "He’s a good kid. He is a good student, and it has been remarkable for us. Initially Marvin struggled. He did not speak a word of English. Now he attends PMSA as a bilingual student. As a sister, I am very proud to have a brother like him. He likes to study. He likes to be involved in activities and community programs, and he is a blessing in our life. I cannot describe it in a better way."

Madeline said that with Marvin’s remarkable scores, she and her family expect him to become the first person in their family to graduate from college.

Congratulations, Marvin and Cristian! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!


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