He did it his way

St. Paul’s “low-key whiz kid” got perfect scores on both the SATs and the ACT and earned perfect 5s on Advanced Placement tests in chemistry, U.S. history, government and politics and calculus: He studies in front of the TV, if he studies at all. Jake Heichert attended public and private schools in Iowa, Detroit, Shanghai and St. Paul.

The parents had more than a few clues the boy was smart. His subscriptions to The Economist and Time (and Electronic Gaming Monthly). His habit of doing math problems for fun on long plane flights. And reading — without any academic impetus — intellectual tomes such as “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”

“Reading a lot, more and more, just makes your mind work in a certain way,” Jake said.

Jake was motivated by Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic “Ender’s Game” to socialize and join his school’s fencing and tennis teams. He’ll study economics at Penn.

Via Education Gadfly.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:


  2. The reason no one gets a perfect score on both tests is because no one takes both tests.

    Smart kids are often like Jake. Many do poorly in college for a reason–they don’t know how to study.