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A passion for math equals SAT success

Most people would be ecstatic if they received a perfect score on the math section of the SAT.
Matthew Reece, a West Lincoln High School senior, is not most people.
“It was an expectation fulfilled,” said Matthew. “I’ve always done well in math. I guess it should be more of a source of pride than it is, but I’m more accustomed to it.”
No one who knew Matthew well seemed very surprised by the results.
“Matt is a good student, and math and science are his passions,” said Linda Hacker, a guidance counselor at West Lincoln High School.
“One of his ambitions is to be a Nobel Prize winner. So, no, it’s not a surprise.”
Ever since he was a child, Matthew has known that he wasn’t like other people.
He sees math places most people wouldn’t think to look for it.
“When they look at a tree, most people just see a tree. I see a mathematical pattern,” said Matthew.
“Flowers, there’s an abundance there. Daisy petals, there’s a ratio of 21 to 34 that you’ll always find if you really look.”
Matthew is the type of person who really looks. He can’t seem to get away from math. Even when he plays video games, he just ends up reprogramming the game.
For the past semester, Matthew has not found much time to do math for fun.
Instead, he’s been preparing for eight Advanced Placement tests. For five of the tests he studied on his own and didn’t take a class, but Matthew is only concerned about one of them.
“The only thing I’m thinking I might fail is English,” said Matthew. “I’m against English. It’s not logical. All sorts of irregular verbs and tenses that don’t make sense, words that should exist but don’t.”
Throughout his academic career, Matthew has rarely had to worry about failing tests.
Instead, other students had to worry about him making straight A’s.
“Some people don’t like me,” said Matthew. “They don’t like it when their tests can’t be curved. People have actually tried to pay me money to miss questions.”
Teachers have also had to deal with Matthew’s intellect. He’s been correcting their mistakes since he was in elementary school.
“Matthew is the kind of student you like to have. He challenges you,” said Jody Dixon, a history teacher. “He keeps everyone on their toes.”
Soon, teachers at the University of Wilmington will have to deal with Matthew’s questions.
He begins classes there in the fall and plans to major in physics.by Sarah Grano

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