The Norman Transcript


November 4, 2013

Three NPS students score perfect ACT scores



Chris Brooks, son of Harold and Katherine Brooks, made a 36 on his ACT his junior year. After preparing for the pre-SAT, Brooks said he applied the tips and tricks he learned from that preparation to his ACT exam.

“It wasn’t really difficult for me,” Brooks said.

With the academic hurdle of the ACT behind him, Brooks said his senior year, he will complete concurrent enrollment at OU, where he’d like to go to college and study electrical engineering and technical theater.

William Long, son of John and May Long, had a different approach to taking the ACT than Brooks or Sullivan. Long said he averaged a practice test a day for about two weeks, which meant he dedicated about three hours a day to the exam.

With Harvard University and Columbia University as his top college choices, Long said he would like to study engineering because he likes the idea of building his own products.

“Really, it’s a blessing. I feel like without God, none of this would be possible,” Long said.

Not your average high school students, Sullivan, Brooks and Long excel in other areas besides academics, and all hope these activities will reflect their well-rounded character to universities.

Sullivan is focused on taking the SAT Physics subject test and going to state with his swim team, Brooks is involved in working the lights for Norman High School’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress,” and Long participates in math and science competitions.

Long said maintaining a social life and being involved in school activities was the hardest part about taking the ACT because most of the time, he had to put academics first.

“I had to have the discipline and drive,” Long said.

Katherine Parker


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