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When he finished taking the ACT in October, one high school senior from Oldham County pretty much already knew his score. He only doubted a handful of answers. Recently, Travis Stewart received confirmation. He is one of only 69 students in the nation, and four in Kentucky to score a 36, the highest possible score.
He attributes his academic success to his intelligent parents – Frank and Marybeth – who both have earned degrees in science. He also credits to his rigorous education at Trinity High School, where he is a senior. Part of Trinity’s curriculum includes a half-hour ACT prep course once a week for two years.
His father attributes some of his son’s success on the test to his competitive nature. When his son earned a 33 on the ACT last year and friends scored 35, Travis wanted to beat them.
Stewart stays busy outside of school work. As club soccer players do, he has been playing nearly year round for United 1996 Futbol Club since age 8.
He also takes time to volunteer beyond Trinity’s requirements. He originally volunteered as a tutor at the Berrytown YMCA, but it didn’t satisfy him.
The students didn’t care about learning, they just wanted to play ball, he said.
He found his fit at Applepatch, a program and home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Along the way, he’s built friendships with two men in particular, Michael — the hilarious, outgoing one who introduces himself by saying, “I am a rock star,” and Jeremy — the cool, laid-back video-gamer. He has volunteered more than 250 hours in the past year at Apple Patch and other organizations.
As for plans for the future, he hasn’t narrowed them down much. Last month, he finished the application process to a list of 10 of the top colleges in the country including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Case Western Reserve, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
Stewart plans to study engineering, math or science. Although he scored perfect on the English and reading sections, they don’t appeal much to him.
“Science just explains how everything works,” he said, “and math is always objective.”
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