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Photos: 8 Poway Unified Students Earn Perfect SAT Scores

The students received the top score of 2,400 on the SAT in the fall of 2012.

Poway Unified School District officials on Tuesday recognized eight students who received perfect scores of 2,400 on the October or November SAT, which tests performance in three areas worth 800 points each: writing, math and language arts/reading.

The students received certificates from Superintendent John Collins and PUSD Board President Marc Davis.

The students:

  • Kevin Fan, Westview High School
  • Brandon Huang, Westview High School
  • Balachandar Kesavan, Westview High School
  • Jenny Li, Mt. Carmel High School
  • Nathan Ng, Rancho Bernardo High School
  • Jacqueline Peng, Westview High School
  • Cameron Ramos, Westview High School
  • Bryan Thayillam, Westview High School

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PH resident January 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Congratulations to these stellar students and their parents, who should be extremely proud of their children's accomplishments. With all due respect, I can't help but notice that every single student is Asian, and that not a single student is from Poway High (with its notorious drug and alcohol problems). This speaks highly of and is a testament to Asian parenting and culture, which demands excellence, work ethic and perserverance. It is also is a wake-up call to Caucasian parents (which I am, so I can say this), who are too permissive and instead of emphasizing the importance of academics and hard work, allow their children to fritter away time with meaningless socializing, cell phones (they buy their children cell phones, so they condone it), dating (worse yet - teen sex), drinking and drugs.
Molly Chassen January 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I am very proud of each one of these kids, but that doesn't mean I am critical of any ethnic or geographical group who didn't produce a perfect score. I have a (caucasian) senior at Poway High who has was able to earn a very decent SAT score worth $50,000 to one school already, and he did this while balancing a VERY intense commitment to both athletics and leadership at our church. I couldn't be more proud of him and also a good number of his friends who have worked hard and accomplished the same things. The accomplishment of these kids in the photo is no wake up call, but rather a chance for us to congratulate some very bright and dedicated kids who have accomplished something truly amazing...and that I do.
PH resident January 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Here are the statistics on standardized test scores on Poway High's report card for 2010-11 (the most recent year available), broken down by demographics: 69% of Asians scored Advanced on English-Language Arts, while only 57% of whites did. For math, 61% of Asians scored Advanced, while an abysmal 38% of whites scored Advanced. These are simply the facts. Kudos to Asian parents and families for bringing their children up with the right values.
Katie Eberle January 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Wow, you should be ashamed "PH resident". You should really speak to a psychologist about your narcissism/racism issues.
Katie Eberle January 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Also, one of the students is not Asian, which is evident from glancing at the photos if you took the time (which you should have, seeing as you looked up statistics). There is no excuse for putting down an entire race, even if you're Caucasian. Don't be silly.

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