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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Friday, October 31, 2014

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Senior Leighton Zhao and junior Michael Cai earned perfect scores of 36 on the 2014 ACT exam

Leighton Zhao said he took the Princeton Review Course in advance and then took several practice tests on his own the week prior to sitting the June 2014 exam. He said some of his courses at Wayzata High School helped prepare him for the exam by working on vocabulary and math. Currently Zhao is taking Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Literature, AP Statistics and AP American Government. Upon graduation he will have taken 17 AP courses at WHS.

Outside of academics, Zhao is on the Science Olympiad Team, Math Team, Destination ImagiNation and plays the clarinet in the WHS Wind Ensemble. He also volunteers at the Chinese School on weekends at Central Middle School and is a tutor at Project For Pride and Living in New Hope.

Zhao said he is currently applying to colleges but is has not decided on his top three choices. He is still undecided for his future major but is interested in math and science.

Michael Cai said he prepared for the ACT by taking the Princeton Review Course. He said his some of his normal course load at WHS also helped prepare him for the exam. He is current enrolled in AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP statistics and AP Composition. Next semester he will be enrolled in Spanish 4, Organic Chemistry and Human Anatomy.

Outside of academics, Cai is on the Quiz Bowl Team, the WHS Cross Country Team, and the WHS Track Team. He plays piano with a private lessons and volunteers at the Plymouth Library and Maple Grove Hospital.


On a recent trip this summer, Cai said he had the opportunity to visit several east coast school and is interested in attending college on either the east or west coast but the University of Minnesota is also an option. He is interested in pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.
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