Camden Seeborg was five minutes late to German class at Corner Canyon when he found out that he received a perfect 36 on the ACT. He walked into the room, glancing at his phone as he opened the door, and gasped out loud as he saw his score.
Luckily, his teacher forgave him for the disruption when she found out the reason for his exclamation. Seeborg is the first Charger to receive a perfect score on the ACT since the school opened in 2013.
“It was probably one of the happiest moments in my life, really, learning that I got a 36 — a perfect score,” Seeborg said.
This is the second time Seeborg, a senior, has taken the ACT. The first time he took the test, he was a junior who completely forgot it was test day — and he still scored a 34. According to the national ACT organization, which oversees the standardized test, less than 1 percent of students across the country scored above 33 in the in 2014.
How did he do it? Old-fashioned hard work and a well-rounded education, the Charger says.
“I have always prepared rigorously at school,” Seeborg says. “I’ve always done my work. That’s a big part. You just have to apply yourself and then you’ll be ready.”
Seeborg didn’t take any special preparation courses to prepare for the test, but he did take multiple AP tests and other advanced learning courses throughout his schooling. As a middle school student at Midvale Middle, Seeborg convinced his teachers to let him take Spanish and French at the same time. Now he speaks English, French and Spanish fluently, and he’s taking AP German and AP Chinese — all while serving as the vice president of the French club and Gay Straight Alliance, a new student club aimed at reducing bullying and offering support for fellow students.
Seeborg hopes his language skills and smarts will help him land a job as a diplomat or with the State Department some day.
“I’d love to be a translator at the U.N. in New York or possibly with the (European Union),” Seeborg says. “If I could be an ambassador under a future president of the United States, that would be a dream come true.”