Central student aces ACT

ACT Perfection
Michael Hwang, Central High SeniorCape Central High's Michael Hwang joins a prestigious group of test takers, acing the ACT exam.  His perfect score of 36 places him in the 0.136% of students each year who earn the highest mark.

"I was delighted and astonished," Hwang said.  "I felt rather confident I had achieved a high score, but I never expected to receive a 36 on every section."

It's a feat not many get to experience, but instead of focusing on his accomplishments, he would rather talk about his love for teaching others.  Hwang is the student director of Advisory Tutoring and Tutoring Tuesday, clubs that allow him the opportunity to work with his peers.  He says often times his tutees see 10% gains in academic performance.  

"I think about how I like to be taught," he said.  "I tailor lessons to the student."

Nita DuBose, CHS Guidance Counselor, says Hwang has a special gift for teaching and presents complex material to other students in a relatable way.

"He really is a natural teacher and is able to reach students where they are.  I am so lucky to know him," said DuBose.

In addition to his affiliation with Central's peer tutoring groups, Hwang is secretary of BETA Club, co-captain and co-founder of Chess Club, a Tiger Ambassador, member of the National Honors Society, Symphonic Orchestra and Scholar Bowl.  

He has not yet decided on a college, but will start the application process very soon.