Strasburg High School Senior Earns Perfect SAT Section Score

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. -- Chance Stickley, a senior at Strasburg High School, earned a score of 800 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT.

Eight hundred is a perfect score for a section and while data is not yet available the overall average of this SAT, usually fewer than 0.67 percent of students earn a perfect score on Critical Reading.

“The perfect score was a surprise, I didn't plan on it,” said Chance.

He attributes his success on this part of the SAT to his “general knowledge” and “really great English teachers throughout high school.” He described the exam as “not super difficult, but of average difficulty.”

Despite his perfect score in reading, he said that his favorite classes have been math, science, and computer courses, especially the “Networking course at Triplett Tech with Mr. Davis.”

While the perfect score was a surprise to Chance, that score did not surprise Amy Zimmerman, a guidance counselor at Strasburg High School.

“Spectacular” was the single word she used to describe Chance. She has known him since he was an elementary student at Sandy Hook.

Zimmerman reported that Chance was the second Strasburg High School student this year to earn an 800 on Critical Reading, an accomplishment she described as astonishing.

At Strasburg, Chance is enrolled in photojournalism, AP US Government, and AP Dual Enrollment English Literature.

Chance is also taking a five credit per semester Calculus course at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Chance has been a member of Strasburg High School’s Academic team since ninth grade and is captain of the team this year.

In his spare time, Chance enjoys playing paintball and even works part-time at Sklyline Paintball. He is also a member of Toms Brook United Methodist Church where he is active in the youth group.

During the last two summers, he has served others in the Roanoke area as a volunteer with Project REACH (Real Experiences Affecting Change).

His work has included construction of porches and decks as well as painting a house for an Army veteran who suffered from severe arthritis and was no longer able to keep up with the maintenance of his home.

After graduation, Chance plans to attend George Mason University, where he is currently undecided, but does think majoring in computer science is highly likely.

Something not as likely for Chance,retaking the SAT.

“I’m done with it,” said Chance. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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