Armstrong Student Ben Aoki-Sherwood Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Armstrong High School junior Ben Aoki-Sherwood scored a perfect 36 on the ACT this spring. Teachers say he sets the bar high in every class.
“He exactly matches the answer key on just about every quiz,” says Matt Quinn, AP world history teacher at Armstrong High School. “The sophistication of his writing is really remarkable. The vocabulary he uses for someone his age is amazing too.”
Quinn was not surprised to hear that Aoki-Sherwood earned a perfect score.
“After teaching him for a few weeks, I was like ‘he’s going to get a perfect score on the ACT,” says Quinn. “He’s brilliant.”
Aoki-Sherwood says acing the ACT on the first try came as somewhat of a surprise.
“I was happy and a little bit surprised,” says Aoki-Sherwood. “I expected to do well.”
Sky is not the limit for Aoki-Sherwood
For Aoki-Sherwood, learning is not a chore. He enjoys learning something new every day.
“If I can wake up and learn something new, that’s a day well spent,” says Aoki-Sherwood.
Aoki-Sherwood is from Robbinsdale. He attended Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School before Armstrong High School and appreciates his bilingual education.
“Being bilingual makes your brain function differently,” says Aoki-Sherwood. “It makes you see things from different perspectives.”
The junior’s subject of choice is science. He hopes to get a masters or PhD and work as a researcher. His dream job would be building and designing rockets for NASA.
“I like the idea of expanding our human knowledge into the unknown and just going where no one has gone before.”
Aoki-Sherwood is also a three sport athlete, who enjoys going the distance in cross country, Nordic skiing and track.
“It involves pushing people and team boundaries beyond what you thought was possible,” says Aoki-Sherwood.
This summer, he plans on going on college tours along the East Coast and still plans on taking the SAT test.