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OC Family: Four JSerra Seniors Make the 2019 List of "Whiz Kids"

OC Family puts out a "Whiz Kids" issue annually about young people in Orange County who take chances and reach outside their normal life experiences to strive for something new. This year four JSerra seniors made the list for achieving perfect scores on college admission standardized tests. Writer Jenelyn Russo offers portraits of our very own "whiz kids":

Each year, high school students across America sit down with their No. 2 pencils to tackle the SAT or the ACT on their way to hopeful acceptance into the colleges of their dreams.

Out of the 2 million students who take the ACT annually, less than 0.2 percent earn a perfect score of 36. That chance is even slimmer for SAT test takers, as less than 0.03 percent of 1.7 million students each year achieve that elusive 1600 score.

So it was no small accomplishment when four students from JSerra Catholic High School's senior class of fewer than 300 students received news of test score perfection. Abbey Guinane, Sean Griswold and Grant Ristoff did so on the ACT, and Dianhong "Richard" Fu mastered the SAT.

The students' tips for standardized test success? Take time to prepare, but their best advice is centered around mental mindset. Approach the tests with confidence and keep the big picture in mind, as a person is never strictly defined by his or her test score alone.

Clockwise from upper left corner: Abbey Guinane, Richard Fu, Sean Griswold, Grant Ristoff