If a perfect SAT score is any indication of a bright future ahead, Suncoast High School student Justin Ricketts’ future is gleaming.



Ricketts Aspires To Attend Top Schools And Become Neurosurgeon

CBS12 reports Ricketts,17, scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT with eyes on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Princeton, and Harvard.

“I definitely want to go to school in New England, hopefully, so those are my top choices right now,” Ricketts said, according to the outlet.

Ricketts also has aspirations to become a neurosurgeon in the future. However, for now, he is staying occupied as he will wear the hat as president of the debate team at Suncoast this fall.

Ahead of his transition, he recently returned from nationals for a debate in Kentucky. What’s more, Ricketts will head to Boston for an exclusive program at M.I.T to study visual tension.

Ricketts Makes History Alongside High School Student Mario Hoover

Joining a group of less than one percent nationally to reach this milestone, junior student Mario Hoover received a perfect 36 ACT score and has been rightfully given the monicker “Mr. 36,”  by his peers, as AfroTech previously told you.

The perfect score was the first in Providence St. Mel High School’s 42-year-old history.

Ricketts and Hoover also have a shared career interest as Hoover plans to become a neurosurgeon. In February 2022, AfroTech reported that he maintained a 3.9 GPA all while partaking in extracurricular activities such as being an all-state musician, track athlete, and a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club as well as the local hospital. Hoover hopes his endeavors will serve as a blueprint to remind students that the sky is the limit.

“[I’m] Doing the best that I can to boost my academic career and professional career to inspire others to do the same,” Hoover said, according to ABC7 Chicago. “Because once you have that platform, you can inspire people to change the world and you can also change the world.”