Aquinas Academy student turns in perfect SAT score
Roman Solomond has made history.
Solomond, 18, a senior at Aquinas Academy in Hampton, is the first student in the school's history to achieve a perfect score on the math and reading portion of the SAT test.
“I've done well in school, but going into the SAT, I didn't think ‘I'm going to get a perfect,'” Solomond said. “It was still a surprise to see I had gotten a perfect.”
In his junior year, Solomond, of McCandless, spent time preparing for the SATs by completing practice tests in critical reading because he said he is “more inclined” mathematically.
In his first attempt at the test, he earned a perfect score on the critical reading portion of the SAT test; however, he wanted to do better.
“The second time around, I was really trying to get the perfect math score,” Solomond said.
Solomond signed up for an SAT preparation course through the school and focused more of his practice on the math portion.
Solomond's extra practice paid off, and he now boasts a perfect score and ranks in the top 1 percent of all test-takers nationwide.
Leslie Mitros, head of school at Aquinas Academy, has taught Solomond math for several years. She said she is not surprised by his academic success but is very proud of him.
“Most notable is Roman's ability to think outside the box and find novel ways to solve a problem,” Mitros said, adding that she believes that contributed to his ability to earn a perfect score on the SATs. “We were thrilled to see that result for Roman.”
Outside of the classroom, Solomond is on Aquinas Academy's soccer and lacrosse teams and is a member of the science club, which recently competed in the National Science Bowl tournament. He volunteers at his church, St. Alexis Catholic Church, during its summer Bible camp and Lenten fish frys.
Solomond also is involved in an informal robotics club with fellow Aquinas Academy student Matthew So, who earned a perfect ACT test score last year.
Solomond has dreams of attending Princeton University in the fall if he is accepted later this month.
However, he also was accepted into and has the option of attending Dayton University or the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. He plans to study engineering.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Vincentian boys, girls basketball camps plant seeds for success
- Lucas to go from CLO’s ‘Gypsy’ to Comtra’s ‘Honk!’
- North Hills graduate helps rowing team excel at Eastern Sprints
- McCandless church to mark July 4 with Civil War drama
- Hampton's Route 8, Duncan Avenue turning lanes face delay
- Photo Gallery: Vacation Bible school at St. Athanasius Catholic Church
- Pine-Richland High to host summer camp focused on robotic basics
- Flea, Vendor and Crafter Market in McCandless to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Shaler Area approves budget with tax increase
- North Allegheny grad nets scholarships at national competition
- Rectenwald ends successful college career