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Saturday, January 08, 2021

Acquiring a badge of distinction he can brag on for the rest of his days, 13-year-old Lee Kennedy-Shaffer scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT.

My score? 1250: 650 Written, 600 math. My first and only attempt at it, with a minimum of study and anxiety. I understand that, with the revisions they put into the test a few years back, you’re supposed to add like 50 points for any testing done during my era. So count it however you want; it got me in.

He was able to take the test, normally reserved for pre-college high-schoolers, as part of a program for gifted students. You can assume he’s got grey matter to spare; or, at least, that he tests well.

But then, so does his whole family:

In June 2003 his brother Ross scored 1600 on the SAT as a junior at Mechanicsburg High School. The oldest brother, Alan, had 1520 on the exam.

“When your mother is a high school math teacher and your father is a history professor … doing well in school is expected,” Alan Kennedy-Shaffer said.

What a family — where scoring 1520 makes you the dunce! Your little brothers schooled you, Alan!

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/08/2021 04:03:26 PM
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