Westlake High School senior Kartik Dhinakaran scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test given over the summer. Fewer than 1/10th of 1 percent of the average 1.6 million students who take the ACT annually earn a top score of 36. This is the ninth time in six years a WHS student has earned a perfect score on the test.
As a sophomore, Kartik scored in the top 2.5 percent of test takers on the American Mathematics Competition 10 exam and competed in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) for the last four years. Last spring he was one of two WHS students representing Ohio in the American Regions Mathematics League – a national high school mathematics team competition – at Penn State University.
Kartik is an AP Scholar with Distinction and earned the Gold Medal on the National Latin Exam. He is involved in the WHS Latin Club, Math Club, Academic Challenge and National Honor Society. He also is a member of the Varsity boys’ tennis team.
While he is still working on his specific future plans, he intends to major in Biomedical Engineering with a possible double major in math or applied math. He has yet to commit to a particular career field, but intends to pursue a future in science.
“One of my main priorities in picking a career is that I want to do something that isn’t monotonous and that I get to talk to a lot of people,” Kartik said. “Math has been intuitive for me since I was really young, and potentially getting a PhD in it is something on my bucket list even though it isn’t something I’d necessarily want to have a career in.”
The ACT is taken by high school students and college-bound individuals. The scores results are used by colleges for admission, course placement and advising purposes, and by states, districts, schools, teachers and students for diagnostic, monitoring and intervention purposes.