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September 16, 2013

New Castle student an ace at math SAT

NEW CASTLE — John Maas has raised the bar for other students wanting to attain perfect SAT scores, according to his math teachers.

Maas, a New Castle High School senior, has continuously impressed his teachers as a studious, mannerly, excelling and all-around great student.

But their admiration of him leaped to new heights with an achievement that few students in the United States can boast.

The 17-year-old Maas scored 800 — that’s 100 percent — on the math portion of his SAT.

Now, other competitive honors math students want to be like him and already are talking about trying to attain perfect scores in more than one subject, according to Maas’ high school math teacher, Frank Mantinaos.

Mantinaos and principal Richard Litrenta broke down Maas’ perfect score into terms of probability.

“College Boards said the national average is six out of 1,000 of people who receive a perfect math score on the SAT,” Mantinaos said. That correlates to one-sixth of 1 percent in the country.

Litrenta said the likelihood is in the top 1,700ths of 1 percent of SAT takers nationwide.

Mantinaos and Salvatore “Sandy” Siciliano, the district’s SAT prep course instructor in math, are pretty proud of Maas’ feat.

“I was ecstatic,” Siciliano said.

Mantinaos said Maas is the first honors math student he’s ever had who has attained a perfect SAT score.

Maas’ brainpower doesn’t stop at math. He neared perfection on the other sections of his SAT as well.

He took the test last spring after completing the nine-week SAT prep course offered to advanced sophomores.

According to Siciliano, a perfect score of 800 is getting 54 out of 54 math questions right.

Maas also scored 740 in his verbal SAT, 760 in reading, a 720 in writing and 740 in English, he said, noting that in reality, Maas only missed a couple of questions in those categories.

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