STRASBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Eric Steiner, a senior at Strasburg High School, earned a perfect score of 800 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT.
Along with the 800 on Critical Reading, Eric had solid scores on both the Math and Writing sections of the SAT.
The College Board website reports that in 2013, 1,660,047 students took the SAT and of that number, only 11,138 or 0.67 percent scored an 800.
While Eric was “a bit surprised” by his 800 score, his parents and his guidance counselor were not.
Amy Zimmerman, a guidance counselor at SHS, described Eric as “one of the most brilliant students she has known during her 18 years in education.”
Maggie Steiner, Eric’s mom, said that she was a little concerned about Eric when he was a baby because he did not meet some of the various developmental milestones established for infants.
Any worries Steiner may have had about her son’s intellectual growth were dispelled in the elementary grades, if not earlier.
After third grade, Eric passed the Grade 5 SOL and was allowed to skip fourth grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
He is currently enrolled in three classes at SHS and both his government and his English classes are dual enrolled with Lord Fairfax Community College.
He also takes statistics at SHS, and because they’ve “run out of math classes” for him, Eric is taking a post-secondary five credit per semester calculus course at LFCC.
When he was young, Eric had a rock collection he really liked, and he thought of becoming a geologist. His sights have changed.
Now, he takes broken appliances such as old telephones, clocks, and radios apart and fixes them.
After high school, Eric plans to major in Computer Science at George Mason University or possibly the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Carnegie Mellon University. He has applied to all three schools.
While college will help him prepare for his future, Eric explained that with computers “you have to teach yourself many things. “
He has taken the networking course at Triplett Tech and has gained knowledge on his own as well.
He added that developing creative skills is also essential because “creativity is important” for all professions.
Eric plans to re-take the SAT in the spring.
Those who know him best will not be surprised that he wants to improve his score on the Math section.
He’s probably shooting for another 800.
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