By John Warren
BIG SANDY, Texas--A
high-school senior who attends a Church of God congregation has
achieved the highest-possible score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
18, who attends services of the Living Church of God in Gladewater,
Texas, with his father and sister, learned on April 6 that he had
earned a score of 1600 on the SAT.
Stephen is the
son of Les and the late Marjorie Kiepke and the grandson of Wilma
Taylor of Big Sandy. Stephen and his 12-year-old sister, Katie,
are both public-school students in Big Sandy, and former students
of Woodvale, a private school.
it was incredible," said the young Mr. Kiepke. " I almost
didn't believe it."
involvement in UIL [University Interscholastic League] academic
contests probably helped."
is an exceptional student," Mrs. Greiner told THE JOURNAL.
"He reads the dictionary and other reference materials like
they are action novels. He is constantly trying out new words in
his written work. Obviously his curiosity, diligence and application
of new words has paid off."
Wes Hickey, superintendent
at Big Sandy Independent School District, said he is proud of Mr.
"We are very
proud of our school system, and to have a student go through the
system and do so well makes us very proud. Stephen deserves all
the credit. He is a student of high character and academic skills."
Mr. Kiepke plans
to attend the University of Texas at Tyler sometime after his high-school
graduation, which took place May 31. He plans to study English and
hopes to become an English teacher.
THE JOURNAL asked
Eleanor Roberts of Big Sandy, principal at Woodvale School, where
Mr. Kiepke formerly attended, if she is surprised at his high SAT
she said. "Even in the early grades he would finish his work
and go read the encyclopedia."
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