CHULA VISTA (CNS) - The third try was the charm for a stellar student at Bonita Vista High School, who achieved a perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
The Sweetwater Union High School District announced Thursday that Dillon Cruz was one of 71 students in California and 384 nationally to score a perfect 2,400 on the SAT, out of about 1.6 million who took the examination.
Only 0.02 percent of the students who take the SAT get a perfect score, according to the College Board, which administers the test.
The College Board was unable to say whether any of the other aces were from San Diego County.
Cruz took the SAT a third time after scoring 2,100 on the first two tries.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment," said school board President John McCann. "Dillon's academic success is a testament to the outstanding instruction offered at Bonita Vista High and the high student achievement in Sweetwater schools."
With a class schedule loaded with Advanced Placement courses, Cruz possesses a 4.43 grade-point average. He hopes to pursue a chemical engineering degree at Harvard University.
"My parents have always seen education as the greatest path to self-fulfillment," Dillon said.
Cruz is an accomplished pianist who performs with the school's show choir, is co-president of the Science and Engineering Club and co-editor of the student newspaper.
Viewing events for Monday's solar eclipse, in which 57 percent of the sun will be covered for a time in San Diego, are scheduled to take place around the area.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
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If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
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Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.