Higginbotham recently corresponded with the Press to tell us more about how she was able to score a 36, as well as her favorite subjects, hobbies and interests.

**Fast Facts:**

Hobbies: Cycling, baking and watching Jeopardy.

Favorite musician: “Electric Light Orchestra and a bunch of other ’80s bands.”

Dogs or cats: “Dogs, definitely.”

Pet Peeves: “People stopping in the middle of the walkway.”

Interesting fact: “I love to bake and decorate all different types of cakes.”

**How much did you have to study to achieve a perfect ACT score? **

I spent the first week doing a practice test in each subject and seeing which sections I felt needed the most work, which were English and reading. Then for the next six weeks or so I only did the reading and English practice tests. Overall, I probably spent about one to two hours a day for seven weeks leading up to the test.

**What are your favorite subjects?**

I really enjoy mathematics and computer science. In general, if it’s related to math, I probably would enjoy the topic. I like that math tends to have exact answers, so there’s not a gray area that’s up for interpretation. It only has one answer.

I think my favorite time at SHHS is AP Calculus. Along with calculus, I also enjoy my French classes because I get to learn a new language and culture.

**What are the biggest challenges students face today, in your opinion?**

I definitely think deciding where to apply to college and what major to choose are both the most daunting tasks. With all of my life ahead of me, I don’t know if the choices I’m making now are the right ones. However, I think if you just go with your instincts, everything turns out the way it was supposed to.

**What do you plan to do after high school?**

After high school, I plan to go to college to study mathematics and computer science because they both require problem-solving and thinking outside of the box. I don’t quite know exactly which college I’ll end up at, but I’ll definitely make the most of my time at any place.

**Who is your biggest inspiration in life?**

My biggest inspiration is definitely Guy Mauldin, my AP Calculus teacher. He is an awesome teacher who loves what he does and really cares about his students and their education. I can’t thank him enough for all he’s taught me and how he really shows that work can be fun if you enjoy what you do.

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