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South Bay student achieves perfect score on SAT

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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.

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