Whitesboro senior gets perfect ACT score

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WHITESBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- Getting a perfect 36 score on the ACT is an accomplishment only about 2,500 students in the nation achieve a year.

Whitesboro High School senior Scott Gautier is one of them. This puts the 18-year-old ahead of 99.9 percent of test-takers in the nation.

"I saw the score and I just had a stunned look on my face, I was not expecting this to happen," Scott said.

"That's a 36, I was kind of stunned, I'm still a little stunned, I've had goose bumps for two weeks," Scott's mom Tana Payne said.

Scott has always been a standout student.

"Teachers would struggle to keep up with him," Payne said.

"I've always done the highest level of classes I can do, I just want to challenge myself as much as I can," Scott said.

But he didn't let that stop him from pursuing other activities like sports and school clubs.

"He's played everything from soccer, basketball, football, now tennis is his focus," Payne said.

"I take pride in the fact that I don't only focus on my studies, I have a life outside of school," Scott said.

Scott has gone to state twice for varsity tennis and has placed in multiple University Interscholastic League academic competitions.

His mom Tana Payne is a math and debate teacher at the high school. She believes having a balanced life, with both school and clubs, is what's made him so successful.

"He's always been really smart and really athletic, but he's also a very sweet kid," Payne said.

His advice for the ACT:

"Make sure you're pacing yourself very well," Scott said.

More than that, he said the most important thing is to believe in yourself.

"You should commit to your goals, but you also need to not overwork yourself cause that's how I try to live every day," Scott said.

Scott is now applying to colleges including Ivy League schools. He plans to study science or math.