Manhattan High School Student Gets Perfect SAT, ACT Scores

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Not many people can say that they’ve achieved what Austin Canady has pulled off.

The Manhattan High School senior received a perfect score on both the ACT and SAT.

"It’s been great since finding out. It’s opened up a lot more opportunities for me," he said of the academic feat.

In 2011, only 705 out of 1,623,112 students got a perfect score on the ACT.

As for the SAT, the College Board has reported that roughly 1 in every 5,000 students who take the test get a perfect score.

On top of that, Austin was one of 5 people in the world to get a perfect score on his AP Biology test last year.

Her says his ACT score was not that surprising. He took the standardized test the year before and scored a 35. He studied for a few weeks and took the test again this past June, landing a perfect 36.

Canady said he wasn't necessarily going for a 100% on the SATs. He had very little time to study for them with his other school work and was only taking the test because it was required for him to become a National Merit finalist. He managed to come away with a perfect 2400.

"My family was pretty excited for me." he said.

So has he always been a straight- A student?

"I think I may have gotten a B in reading in 4th grade but since then, I’ve had straight A’s," he said.

Austin has already been accepted to several colleges including Kansas University and Kansas State University and scholarship offers are on the table.

As for his future, Austin wants to teach high school history or government and follow in the footsteps of those who taught him at Manhattan High.

"They’re all really passionate about the subject that they’re teaching and they’re great at explaining things. They care about their students a lot. So that’s what first got me started looking into it. And I just love learning so I feel like having a job where you just talk about what you love the most to students would be a really fun thing to do," he revealed.

"I don’t know if he’s joking or not but the superintendent here told me that in 4-5 years I’d have a spot open for me if I wanted to come back and teach here," Canady added.


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