Friday, November 6, 2015

Apurva Kanneganti scores perfect on SAT and ACT creates record

GERMANTOWN, TN - Apurva Kanneganti, A Shelby County Schools student has accomplished two nearly-impossible feats, achieving perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.

Germantown High School Senior Apurva Kanneganti scored a 36 on the ACT and a 2400 on the SAT. the scores which are rarely achieved. Born in Hyderabad, Apurva moved to US when she was just two-years. Her mother, Tirumala Devi Kanneganti is a professor at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis while her father, Kanneganti Sanjeev Rao is an IT professional.

Her mother hails from Kothagudem in Khammam, while father hails from Guntur.

"And in the future I want to be a physician, so helping out people is one of my major things,” Kanneganti said.

The college board which oversees testing said just 0.02 percent of students earn a perfect score on their SAT test, while ACT officials said about 0.06 percent make a perfect score on the ACT.

"Well, definitely they are not a piece of cake; I did study for them,” she said.

Kanneganti will be graduating from Germantown High School at the top of her class this year, and she’s only 16 years old.

Apurva is a member of the International Baccalaureate Program and president of five clubs at GHS. She credits her parents, both of whom work at St. Jude, with her success.

“They never told me you have to get a 36, you have to get all As. They just said ‘do your best.’”

She hopes to attend Harvard, but still considers herself a normal teenager.

Apurva also does a lot in the Indian community in Memphis, performing classical dance and organizing cultural activities.

"I just try to balance everything out so I'm not lame,” she said with a laugh. “I do have a lot of fun, but I just make sure that my academics are kind of where they should be as well.”

Colleges around the world are trying to recruit the teen. At last check, she has been offered more than $400,000 in scholarships.

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