Utah Student Sweeps ACT, SAT

Utah Student Sweeps ACT, SAT

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- A Mountain View High School student made a clean sweep of the SAT and ACT college entrance exams.

Tyrie Vella, a 16-year-old who will be a senior at Mountain View this fall, got a perfect 36 on the ACT in November.

Even so, he still wasn't confident going in to the SAT this spring.

"I was worried because the odds were not very good that I would get perfect on both," he said. "And I had not scored that well on the verbal during two practice tests."

But when the results came back in April, Vella found out he had a perfect 1,600 on the SAT.

Vella tried to keep his test scores private, but his mother said excited friends and teachers made it difficult. Getting a congratulations from his track coach in front of the whole team also didn't help keep the scores under wraps.

Vella isn't sure where the test scores will take him next fall, but he said if he stays in Utah he will probably attend Brigham Young University.

As impressive as the test scores are, Vella's father, Shon, said Tyrie is not a perfect student.

"He waits until the last minute to finish long term projects and group work," he said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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