Hoover High School student makes perfect score on ACT

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — At 16, the Hoover High School student has already accomplished something many will never be able to say. 

Hudson Keller scored a 36 on the ACT. That’s the highest score someone can make. This places the rising senior in the top 1% of all students who take the test.

This was Keller’s second time taking the test. Scoring high his first time, he only took it again because it was a requirement by the school. He credits his preparedness for the test to practice tests, school work from classes and extra studying he did on his own. 

During his junior year at Hoover High, he took five AP classes. Next school year, he’s bumping it up to seven.

Hudson tells CBS 42 he has a strong interest in math and science. He’s a part of the engineering academy at Hoover High School. Hudson is also on the math team and will compete in math nationals in Las Vegas in July. In addition, he’s on the Scholar’s Bowl team, which is like academic trivia, and the STEM team and will also compete in nationals at the end of June. 

When he’s not acing tests and studying for school, he works cameras for Church of the Highlands and enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends. 

College is about a year away for Hudson, but he already has a couple of schools in mind. 

“I have a few hopeful ideas, mainly Caltech and then Georgia Tech,” Hudson said, “those are my two main options but I’m open to pretty much anything I can take.”

He hasn’t narrowed down what he plans to study in college, but he has a strong interest in astrophysics and aerospace engineering.

Hudson’s dad, Evan Keller, says proud would be an understatement for how he feels about his son’s achievements. 

“Pride doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about him and his accomplishments, especially on the ACT,” Evan said. “I’m just in awe really of what he does and how he does it.”

Hudson said he will probably take the SAT again, but for now, he’ll be enjoying his summer and getting ready for his competitions. 

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