University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

June 2, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Welcomes Incoming Freshman With Perfect ACT Score

With a perfect ACT score, Sonia Savani could have selected any university. She has chosen to attend the University of South Alabama this fall, majoring in biomedical sciences with plans to attend medical school. Savani said USA’s academic programs helped her make the decision.

Sonia Savani and USA President Gordon Moulton.

“I wanted to stay close to my family, and the early acceptance to USA’s medical school took that stress away.” she said. “I liked the campus, and I liked the people. Overall, it seemed like a good fit.”

Savani recently graduated as valedictorian from Ocean Springs High School.

Only 90 students have made a perfect score out of more than 1 million test-takers through the February 2005 test date, according to ACT’s latest figures. No Alabama student aced the standardized test this year, and Savani was one of only three Mississippi students who made a perfect score. On the December 2004 test date, when Savani made her flawless score, only 17 other students in the country made a perfect 36.

Savani and her family attended a signing ceremony to celebrate her full scholarship to USA recently in the President’s boardroom. USA President Gordon Moulton presented Savani with her $40,000 scholarship. A luncheon followed in the Terrace.

“It’s a rare opportunity to have someone in our midst with these achievements,” Moulton said. “We must in our society focus more and more on academic achievement.”

In addition to her impeccable academic record, Savani has participated in sports and student activities throughout high school. She spent four years on the volleyball team and also served as vice president of her senior class. Savani is also active in the Junior Civitan Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and Science Club. She is the eldest daughter of Dr. Iqbal and Amyna Savani, who also have a son and younger daughter.

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