Plano brothers attending TAMS program at UNT both earn perfect 2400
DALLAS — It’s not every day that someone gets a perfect score on the SAT. For the Hashe family in Plano, it’s happened twice: brothers Michael and David Hashe both earned a 2400.
The percentage of students in the class of 2014 who earned a perfect score that year, both nationally and statewide, is about 0.3 percent.
Sitting side-by-side, the brothers say they’re still amazed.
“I was not expecting that,” Michael, 18, said.
“Me neither,” David, 17, said.
Their mother agreed.
“I still think we got really lucky,” Donna Hashe said. “We never thought Michael would get a perfect score, and then that David [would, too]. Even though they’re really smart, it’s rare to do that. It’s been pretty cool.”
Michael and David are both students at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas. The residential program allows them to take university courses to complete their high school degree.
In addition to their coursework, both brothers are involved in research projects and band.
They also do some tutoring. David has found a passion for computer science, while Michael prefers chemistry and math; he was an Intel STS semifinalist.
Hashe says letting her sons attend TAMS for their last years of high school has been beneficial.
“Now, looking back on it, I think it’s been really good — mainly because of the research opportunities those kids have,” she said. “We couldn’t have found the research for them here because we don’t know people. But at TAMS, they do research with their professors.”
Michael and David said they have always been competitive, but Michael jokes their SAT scores even things out.
“It means I can’t make fun of him anymore,” he said.
Jeff Hashe, their father, says it shows both brothers’ determination.
“Michael sets the bar high, and to David’s credit, he does not let that intimidate him or keep him from backing down.”
A rare score
According to College Board spokesman José Rios, the class of 2014 had 1,672,395 students who took the SAT. Only 583 achieved a perfect score. In Texas, 49 out of 179,036 students earned a perfect 2400.
Those statistics are taken from data that counts each student once, no matter how many times they have taken the test, Rios said. College Board only counted the most recent score for students who took the test multiple times, he said.
Taking the test
Both brothers first took the SAT in seventh grade as part of the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search. They took the test again as freshmen to be admitted into TAMS and then took it twice during their junior year.
Neither Michael or David took SAT prep classes because they were too expensive, but their parents said they weren’t worried about them not doing well.
“They had done well enough taking it as a seventh-grader and a freshman,” Jeff Hashe said. “We just figured when they took it for real as a junior, they would do well enough based on what they had done before.”
Michael missed just three questions when he took the test as a junior in January 2014, but he decided to take it again in March 2014 to see if he could get a perfect score.
“There’s a lot of randomness involved, especially in some of the harder questions and the writing and essay parts,” he said. “So I kind of expected I’d do about the same.”
The only thing he didn’t want was to miss a perfect score by one question.
“That would have hurt,” Michael said.
“It’s happened to some of our friends,” David added.
David got a 2330 when he took the test in January. He decided to take it again in March, but he wasn’t confident in his results coming out of the testing room.
“I almost wanted to cancel my scores,” David said.
His mother smiled at that recollection.
“I’m kind of glad you didn’t do that,” she said.
Michael, a senior, is planning to attend the California Institute of Technology, majoring in chemical engineering and mathematics, and says he will probably move on to graduate school at some point.
David, a junior, is just about to start his college search and will spend the summer in Austin for an internship. He said he’s undecided between computer science and computer engineering as a major.
Michael jokes about finding a way to profit from the brothers’ scores, even though there wasn’t a secret to their SAT success.
“It’s definitely a nice gimmick, the whole two-in-a-family-thing, so if I could find a way to make money off of it, it’d be a good use of my summer,” he said.
MEREDITH SHAMBURGER can be reached at 214-977-8292.