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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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10 CUMBERLAND APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Following extensive studying and weekly help from a tutor, Shivesh Mehrotra took the ACT in February as a diagnos- tic test to see where he stood. After earning the highest possible compos- ite score of 36, let's just say a retake has been rendered unnecessary. Mehrotra, 17, who's lived his whole life in Cumberland, is the son of Vikas and Neelu Mehrotra and is a junior at the Wheeler School in Providence. He attended Mercymount Country Day School for his first two years of school. "We are so proud of Shivesh," said his mom. Mehrotra said he was expecting to do well, but had no idea he'd land a perfect score on his first try. He said he got word of his score one day around 1 a.m., and could hardly con- tain himself. Mehrotra said he's always been self-motivated. If an essay is due tomorrow, and he has the option to sleep eight hours or work longer to make the assignment a little stronger, he'll stay up an extra four hours and then go to bed. He said his parents have always been "happy with what- ever I do," and have never demand- ed perfection. "I know how hard they worked to send me to a school like Wheeler, and I want to make them proud," he said of his work ethic. Mehrotra said he loves living in Cumberland, where he often tutors students at Cumberland High School and where everyone seems to know everyone. He said it's great to bump into friends at Dave's Market. "I really like how much of a local community it is," he said. The Mehrotras live on Apple Ridge Road, off Bear Hill Road. Only around two-tenths of 1 per- cent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, math, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A stu- dent's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT's optional writing test is report- ed separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. In a letter to Mehrotra recogniz- ing his exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, "Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rig- ors that lie ahead." The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam measuring what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college cours- es in the core subject areas, accord- ing to a news release. ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and univer- sities across the U.S. Mehrotra, a junior, says his dream school is Harvard University, where he would like to study math/physics or finances, but he said he'll be satis- fied to get into any good school. He said he plans to finish strong with his high school career. Mehrotra sees himself as a bal- anced sort of student. When he's not studying, he's volunteering on local causes or playing sports. He has a leadership position with Save the Bay, running cleanups, and has also volunteered with Brain Week and the Big Bang Science Fair at WaterFire Providence. He's on the varsity football team, playing wide receiver and cornerback, has been a regular weightlifter for the past four or five years, and has a fitness Instagram account. He's perfect: Cumberland's Mehrotra aces ACT By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Celebrate R.I. Library Day at Cumberland Library Saturday CUMBERLAND – Saturday, April 13, is Rhode Island Library Day, and the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will hold its fifth annual Harry Potter Day, starting at 10 a.m. The event is free and all are encouraged to come in costume. The theme is "A Festival of Wizards." Libraries across the state will be highlighting their importance to their communities with programs and a statewide amnesty day. Pumpernickel Puppets at Cumberland Library Monday CUMBERLAND – Pumpernickel Puppets will present "Peter Rabbit" on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m. for children ages 3-12, at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Tickets are 50 cents per person and are available in the Children's Room on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cumberland Public Library. John McDonough and his pup- pets present at schools, libraries, and private parties throughout the New England area. For more information, call 401- 333-2552, ext. 3, or visit www.cum- berlandlibrary.org.

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