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LAURA KNOWLES Record Express Correspondent
, Staff Writer
Most high school students would be happy to be practically perfect.
Not Jillian Silbert. Nearly perfect isn’t nearly good enough. For the 16-year-old Linden Hall junior, perfection is her goal.
So, when Silbert scored a perfect 2400 on her SATs, it was exactly what she was striving to do.
"I knew I could do it," says the bright-eyed overachiever. "I just had to actually do it.
The daughter of pediatric ophthalmologist Dr, David Silbert and Jennifer Silbert. Silbert does admit to feeling some stress. But that was only after she took the almost four-hour exams that tested critical reading, writing and mathematics.
When her scores arrived, Silbert was scared to look. Unlike some students who just want to do well enough to get into college, Silbert was expecting a perfect score.
"I knew it was possible," says Silbert, who admitted that not getting a perfect 2400 would have been a bitter disappointment.
Of course, that’s exactly what she got. A perfect 2400, with 800 in critical reading, 800 in writing and 800 in mathematics.
That’s not an easy achievement. According to the College Board, which administers the SATs to some 1.6 million high school juniors and seniors each year, only 360 of them get perfect SATs of 2400, or 0.022 percent.
It’s almost like winning the lottery. Except that it’s not luck.
"I studied," says Silbert, adding that she had private sessions with an SAT tutor to help her prepare.
She also had plenty of friendly inspiration from her older sister Ariel, an 18-year-old freshman at the Ivy League Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Ever since Jillian Silbert followed her big sister to Linden Hall, she has been aiming to reach the same academic heights, if not higher.
"Ariel is probably the reason that I have become so good at math. We have always been really close and Ariel is always proud of me in everything I do," says Silbert.
Jillian Silbert skipped third grade, so that she ended up a junior when she was just 16. She speaks fluent Mandarin and Spanish. She speaks Hebrew and is a member of Shaarai Shomayim Temple. She takes AP courses in Physics, European History, Language and Composition and Mandarin at Linden Hall. Many of her teachers marvel at her intelligence and drive.
Silbert’s strong suite is in STEM-related areas. That stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In April, she joined fellow Linden Hall Math Teammates to compete in the Millersville University High School Math Contest where they earned top honors in team division. She and members of the team also traveled to the 33rd Annual Lehigh University Math Contest, where the team placed among the top out of more than 65 schools.
Silbert participated in the 64th Annual American Mathematics Competition 12 against some 220,000 students from 4,200 U.S. and International schools, scoring among the top 5 percent. which won her an invitation to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.
In case you think Jillian Silbert is all academics and no arts, that’s not the case either. She has a vibrant singing voice and wowed audiences with her lead role in the musical "Annie" at Linden Hall.
She sings in the choir and acts as secretary for the school’s competitive choir, Musea. She also acts in plays and musicals.
At Linden Hall, Silbert holds the position of the junior class treasurer and co-editor of the school’s newspaper, The Ledger. She earned a gold medal in the National Scholastics Writing Contest, as well as a gold and two third place awards for her photography entries in the Scholastics Art Awards.
She’s an athlete too. She is captain of the Linden Hall tennis team, and made it to the districts competition. She also skis in the winter and runs in warmer weather.
"I don’t mind a good workout," says Silbert, adding that working out for a strong body seems to give her mind a good workout too.
Working with her father, a well-known pediatric eye doctor, Silbert has gone on medical missions to Honduras to help children with vision problems. She worked on a project to analyze medical trends, with research on children’s eye diseases appearing in the Journal of AAPOS.
"My parents have always emphasized doing the best you can and have pushed both me and my older sister to meet our full potential," says Silbert.
In her spare time – of which there is very little – Silbert enjoys photography, singing and spending time with friends and family.
And ironically there is one thing Silbert doesn’t know.
"I haven’t decided what I want to do with my life," she says pensively. "There are so many possibilities. I’m not sure what my calling is."
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