PALM HARBOR, Florida – A Palm Harbor University High School student is the newest member of an elite team after scoring perfectly.
Senior Cole Mackey is a natural problem solver 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’re doing,” Mackey said. “I consider myself to be more of an upper middle ground.”
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 teaches other students.
“Being able to lead is effective,” Mackey says, being involved in all of these clubs has prepared him for the real world. “I’m looking to go into the medical field and be a doctor. You’re looking at troubleshooting and problem solving.”
He hopes his perfect score on the SATs will get him on his way to Medical School.
“Very difficult test,” he said. “Very important for colleges in deciding who to accept. It took two attempts. On my first attempt, I scored quite high, and in the second attempt, I scored 1600.”
Mackey also excels in another love, which is music. He won a competition in which he rewrote Palm Harbor University High School Alma Mater.
As a member of PHUHS’s Chamber Choir and Choir Board, Student Director Mackey also fills in as conductor.
Music teacher Blake Hudson says Mackey is one of his most talented students.
“Leading the whole group alone, it’s really nice to have student leaders who can do that,” Hudson said.
Mackey is also one of several singers selected for the All-State Music Ensemble.
Cole Mackey is a National Merit semifinalist whose performance is more than impressive.
In just four years at Palm Harbor University High, he has left his mark on several departments, creating a lasting impression that other students say they admire and want to follow.