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Land O'Lakes High pair take top scores in ACT

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Senior year has started on a high note for Rohit Iyer and Colin Defant, two International Baccalaureate students from Land O'Lakes High. Each came into the new school year having earned the top score of 36 on the ACT college placement exam they took as juniors.

It's a fine place to be for the two friends who started the first Mu Alpha Theta math club at Land O'Lakes High. On average, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earn a top score in the ACT.

Colin, who earned a 34 on a practice test freshman year, is quick to chalk it up to the fact that, "We both test well."

Even so, "the news was exciting," Rohit said.

So now it's time to get on to writing college essays, filling out college applications and firming up some plans of what's to come after senior year.

Rohit, the son of Ramesh Iyer and Jyothi Venkatachalam, plans to pursue a career in medicine, "probably as a surgeon." His college choices include the University of Miami, Brown, Northwestern, Harvard, Yale and the University of South Florida, where Rohit already spends some time volunteering at the school's Department of Internal Medicine.

Colin, who is also a pole vaulter on the track team, is the son of Marc and Susan Defant, and plans to major in math and become a professor of mathematics. His top school choices include Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, along with a couple of Florida schools.