PALM HARBOR, Fla. — A Palm Harbor University High School student is the newest member of an elite group after scoring perfectly.
Senior Cole Mackey is a natural at problem solving and loves to play with Rubik's Cubes.
"A lot of it has to do with how well you can look ahead and know what you are doing," said Mackey. "I consider myself to be more of an upper intermediate."
As president of the school's Mathematics Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta, he launched a Rubik's Cube Division.
Mackey also started the physics club and tutors other students.
"Being able to lead is impactful," Mackey says being involved in all these clubs have prepared him for the real world. "I'm looking to go into the medical field and being a Doctor. You're looking at trouble shooting and problem solving."
He hopes his perfect score on the SATs will put him on track to Medical School.
"Very difficult test," he said. "Very important for colleges in determining who to accept. It took two tries. On my first try, I scored pretty highly and on the second try, I scored a 1600."
Mackey is also excelling at another love which is music. He won a competition in which he rewrote the Palm Harbor University High School Alma Mater.
As a member of PHUHS 's Chamber Choir and Chorus Board, Student Director Mackey also fills in as a conductor.
Music teacher Blake Hudson says Mackey is one of his most accomplished students.
"Running the whole group by himself, it's really nice to have student leaders that can do that," said Hudson.
Mackey is also one of several singers chosen for the All-State Music ensemble.
Cole Mackey is a National Merit semi-finalist whose accomplishments are beyond impressive.
In just four years at Palm Harbor University High, he has left his mark on multiple departments and created a lasting impression other students say they admire and wish to follow.