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WHS Class of ’97 Combined Average On SATs Highest in Quarter Century

Westfield High School’s (WHS) Class of 1997 left a tough act to follow. Their combined average Scholastic Aptitude Test results were the highest in 25 years, according to a report issued this week from the Guidance Department.

Their combined verbal and mathematic scores for the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) were 1,127 compared to 1,122 for the class of 1996. Mathematic results jumped four points from 568 in 1996 to 572 to 1997.

The average verbal score among Westfield students in 1997 rose slightly to 555 from the previous year’s average of 554.

In addition to the outstanding performance by recent high school graduates, is the noteworthy achievement of seven of WHS’s current seniors. This past spring, as juniors, they received perfect 800 scores on the SAT 1. Last year, as a national average, less than one-half of 1 percent of those students taking the SAT I achieved perfect scores.

This year, of the 231 WHS students taking the spring SAT, eight perfect scores were claimed, or 4 percent.

One student, Thomas Olsen, scored 800’s on both the verbal and mathematic sections of the SAT I, joining a select group of 545 students from a pool of 1.8 million who took the spring test.

George Wu achieved 800 in verbal, and the following WHS students received a perfect 800 score in mathematics: Ines Wu, Douglas V. Brandely, Ryan M. St. Clair, Rishi Talreja and Andrew Zachar.

Westfield High School students also excelled in Advanced Placement (AP) tests administered this spring. The results indicate that 91 percent of the tests taking by WHS students were at levels 3, 4 or 5 — levels necessary for advanced standing or credit in college.

This exceeds the percentage of previous years and goes well beyond the national average of approximately 64 percent. A total of 89 WHS students achieved this status, compared to 34 in 1996.

Westfield High School offers 14 advanced placement courses including: United States History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, European History, French, American Government, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics, Psychology, and Spanish.

In releasing the SAT I and AP results, Supervisor of Guidance Dr. Cas Jakubik remarked, "The members of the Class of 1997 must be proud of their accomplishment on the SAT and the Advanced Placement Tests. Their achievements are certainly a result of their personal commitment to learning, the support of their parents and the efforts of their teachers — Kindergarten through high school."


SAT CHAMPS..These Westfield High School students all achieved a perfect 800 on the spring Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Pictured, left to right, are: front row, George Wu, who achieved 800 on the verbal portion of the SAT 1, and his sister, Ines Wu, and Douglas Brandely, who received perfect scores in the mathematics part of the test. Also pictured, left to right, are: back row, Thomas Olsen, who scored 800 on both the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT 1, and Ryan St. Clair, Rishi Talreja and Andrew Zachar, who all received perfect results on the mathematics portion of the test.

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