GENEVA – Reese Gosain, a 17-year-old Geneva High School junior, has always been smart, especially with math.
Gosain proved it recently by getting a perfect score of 36 on the ACT and a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT.
“I was not surprised – it was more like disbelief," Gosain said. “I was talking with my dad and I said, ‘I don’t feel like I got anything wrong. I felt like I got perfect scores, but there was no way I possibly did that.'”
Geneva District 304 honored Gosain and Colton Benjamin, a junior who also earned a perfect score on the ACT, with Tradition of Excellence Awards at a May 13 school board meeting.
To put it in perspective, a perfect score on these college entrance exams occurs for about less than 1% of test-takers, officials said.
Gosain said he had one tutoring session for the reading comprehension and grammar part of the SAT, and two practice run-throughs for both tests.
His mother, Becky Gosain, said neither she nor her husband knows where her son’s super-smarts come from.
“He’s one of those kids – that’s just the way his brain works,” Becky Gosain said. “He took the practice ACT for the heck of it and got a 34. Once he got a perfect SAT, he thought, ‘Why not?’ and took the ACT again to see if he could get a perfect score on that. He thought that was a fun little challenge to try.”
Reese said when he was in elementary school, he would spend hours on the phone with his grandmother doing math problems.
“He had a brain for math way back then,” his mother said. “I stopped being able to help him with math a long time ago.”
Reese Gosain has a younger sister who will start her freshman year next fall, her mother said.
“She’s very smart and gets straight A’s, but like most of us, she has to work at it,” Becky Gosain said. “We’re lucky to have very smart kids.”
Reese Gosain said he plans to study computer science after he graduates high school.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns also recognized Reese Gosain’s achievement at the May 20 City Council meeting with a certificate recognizing his perfect scores on the ACT and SAT.