Pair of Blue Jays Achieve ACT Perfection
For seniors Mayank Mardia and Mark Piglia, it doesn’t get any better than this. Both Blue Jays scored perfect 36s on the ACT, a standardized test that colleges use to make admissions and, in some cases, scholarship decisions.
Mardia’s parents are Manish and Sudha. Their family, which includes Jesuit pre-freshman Milan, resides in Kenner. Mardia moved to Jesuit from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Harvey. He spent this summer working with another Blue Jay on creating a website which allows users to upload, rate, and share study guides. Mardia is a state champion debater and a member of Jesuit’s Academic Games group, Science Olympiad, and Programming Club. In addition, Mardia serves on the Mayor of Kenner’s Youth Advisory Council. His hope is to attend an Ivy League School. While he has an interest in studying business, Mardia is keeping his options open.
Piglia, who attended Christian Brothers School and St. Catherine of Siena School before moving to Carrollton and Banks, is the son of Brian and Susan Piglia of Metairie. They are members of St. Angela Merici Parish, where Mark serves as a substitute church usher with his father and grandfather. Piglia is a Eucharist Minister at Jesuit, assists with retreats as a member of campus ministry, and is a member of the school’s Pro-Life Club. While he’s keeping his college options open, Piglia has decided to study engineering, following in the aforementioned grandfather’s footsteps.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four subset scores. Some students choose to also take the ACT’s optional Writing Test. That test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
Three members of the Class of 2015 — Garth Cook, Matthew Sentilles, and Matthew Stuckey — posted perfect ACT scores.