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Science Hill student scores perfect 36 on ACT, looks to future in mathematics

Brandon Paykamian • Oct 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Greta Higginbotham is a senior at Science Hill High School who scored a perfect 36 on her ACT exam last year. She was also recently named one of Science Hill’s National Merit semi-finalists.

Higginbotham recently corresponded with the Press to tell us more about how she was able to score a 36, as well as her favorite subjects, hobbies and interests. 

Fast Facts:

Hobbies: Cycling, baking and watching Jeopardy.

Favorite musician: “Electric Light Orchestra and a bunch of other ’80s bands.”

Dogs or cats: “Dogs, definitely.”

Pet Peeves: “People stopping in the middle of the walkway.”

Interesting fact: “I love to bake and decorate all different types of cakes.”

How much did you have to study to achieve a perfect ACT score? 

I spent the first week doing a practice test in each subject and seeing which sections I felt needed the most work, which were English and reading. Then for the next six weeks or so I only did the reading and English practice tests. Overall, I probably spent about one to two hours a day for seven weeks leading up to the test. 

What are your favorite subjects?

I really enjoy mathematics and computer science. In general, if it’s related to math, I probably would enjoy the topic. I like that math tends to have exact answers, so there’s not a gray area that’s up for interpretation. It only has one answer. 

I think my favorite time at SHHS is AP Calculus. Along with calculus, I also enjoy my French classes because I get to learn a new language and culture.

What are the biggest challenges students face today, in your opinion?

I definitely think deciding where to apply to college and what major to choose are both the most daunting tasks. With all of my life ahead of me, I don’t know if the choices I’m making now are the right ones. However, I think if you just go with your instincts, everything turns out the way it was supposed to.

What do you plan to do after high school?

After high school, I plan to go to college to study mathematics and computer science because they both require problem-solving and thinking outside of the box. I don’t quite know exactly which college I’ll end up at, but I’ll definitely make the most of my time at any place.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

My biggest inspiration is definitely Guy Mauldin, my AP Calculus teacher. He is an awesome teacher who loves what he does and really cares about his students and their education. I can’t thank him enough for all he’s taught me and how he really shows that work can be fun if you enjoy what you do.

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