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Whiz Kid: Andover Student Talks About Acing the ACT

Sanjay Reddy is just 16 but already has jump-started his academic career, punctuated by a perfect score on the college preparatory exam.

Each week, West Bloomfield Patch features students doing amazing things in their schools and in their communities. 

Sanjay Reddy

School: Andover High School

Age: 16

Hometown: West Bloomfield

Achievement: Reddy was one of just about 700 students around the country to ace the ACT this year. He also  and is currently doing research in the endocrinology department at  in bones and minerals.

Key to Awesomeness: Reddy said he was always a fan of math and read books habitually as a child. He said he attacked the ACT in sections, practicing and preparing answers for each part separately so that he could become comfortable with the entire test when it counted.

"When I saw my score online, I was shocked; I never thought I would actually get a 36," he recalled. "But it definitely means a great honor to be put in the same group as many extremely smart kids around the country."

He offered his classmates and future students this advice:

"Whatever you do, you should work hard at and be the best that you can be; this way you will always be satisfied with yourself," he said. "Whether it's sports, academics, or music, I have always tried to do just that."

What's Next?: Reddy said he will continue his work with Henry Ford Hospital over the summer and begin applying to colleges. He said he plans to go into bioengineering or economics and has his eyes on Stanford, Princeton, and the University of Michigan.

Do you know our next Whiz Kid?

West Bloomfield Patch welcomes suggestions for students, youth groups and even sports teams who wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or email the information to editor Tim.Rath@patch.com. Please include all these details:

  • Nominator's name
  • Whiz Kid's name and age
  • Whiz Kid's school
  • Whiz Kid's accomplishment
  • What makes him or her successful

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