by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by PortrArt Creations

Perfect Score

student_otoole2College entrance exams are a rite of passage for high school students across the U.S. Right here in Scripps Ranch, Ryan O’Toole earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, an impressive feat to say the least. “My only preparation was studying for the SAT subjects test, so when I scored a 36 on the ACT, I was pleasantly surprised,” related Ryan modestly. In order to achieve a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT, a student must earn all possible points in the four subject areas – English, reading, math, and science.

As a senior at High Tech High in Point Loma, Ryan cites math as his favorite subject. “The concepts are easy for me to grasp quickly, and I enjoy solving complex problems,” stated Ryan. His interest in problem-solving carries over to his hobbies as well. He enjoys action-focused video games that involve puzzles and strategic thinking. Ryan also finds time to pursue his other passions – hiking, cycling, and body boarding.

“I am looking forward to developing my skills in computer programming and to being more independent in my studies.”


Name: Ryan O’Toole (18)
School: High Tech High
Grade: 12
Parents: Bill and Debbie O’Toole
Siblings: Sara and Hayley O’Toole
Favorite Local Spots: Lake Miramar and Wahine Kai Shave Ice

student_otoole3Ryan’s family has lived in Scripps Ranch since 1996. He, his parents, Bill and Debbie, and two sisters, Sara and Hayley, enjoy the variety of activities the community has to offer, as well as the nice weather. “Living in Scripps Ranch is like living in a small town, rather than a big city. My family and I especially like spending time at Lake Miramar and Wahine Kai Shave Ice,” shared Ryan.

Looking to the future, Ryan will attend a four-year university in the fall to study computer science and/or engineering. “Right now my first choices are University of California San Diego and Caltech. Wherever I attend college, I am looking forward to developing my skills in computer programming and to being more independent in my studies,” revealed Ryan. After college, he hopes to work as a programmer for his father’s information technology and services company. “I worked for my dad last summer, and I really enjoyed the challenge,” he stated. With his work ethic, talent, and intellectual skills, there is no doubt that Ryan will achieve his goals as he prepares for the future.