Zachary Olkewicz left Burbank High School without a diploma so he could care for his ailing father. But he studied hard for the GED and passed with the “only perfect score out of the 569,000 people who took it in California over the last decade,” reported the LA Times. Nationwide, only six people aced the 7 1/2-hour test, which covers reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
Now in community college, Olkewicz wants to start a software design business.
My brother-in-law dropped out of high school and joined the Navy in the ’50s. He passed the GED with a very high score. After leaving the Navy, he asked the Cal Poly admissions director what he’d have to do to get in. He hadn’t taken the SAT, but he had his GED report with him. The admissions director went to talk to the dean of engineering, then returned to say, “You’re in.” My brother-in-law was graduated four years later with a degree in computer science. Of course, Cal Poly probably isn’t that flexible these days.