SOUTH OGDEN -- Last spring Kasper Kubica felt confident he had done well on the ACT, a college-entrance exam required by most colleges for acceptance. He was hoping for a 34 or 35. That's why he was elated when he recently found out his score -- a perfect 36.
Now Kubica can almost hear the doors opening to attend some of his dream schools -- an Ivy League school or MIT. The nice thing for Kubica is that he still has two years to think about it; he has just started his junior year of high school.
Kubica took the test for the first time as a seventh-grader, so he could take a college-level math class. He did well, but knew he would be taking the test again. When he took the test last spring, Kubica was hoping for another OK score, and planned to take the test again. But not now.
"It takes time, it's pretty boring and it takes money, so I think I'm done," Kubica said.
Kubica lives in Bonneville High School boundaries, but he attends West High School in Salt Lake City so he can take part in the International Baccalaureate program, which offers internationally scored classes in which he can earn college credits.
He loves his time at West High, but credits his elementary and middle school education at Ogden Preparatory Academy for giving him the foundation for his academic success.
"That is where I really accelerated academically," he said. He remembers taking a pre-calculus class in eighth grade with only one other student.
"There were only two of us, but that's what we needed, so that's what they did for us," Kubica said. "They went out of their way to help me do well."
While Kubica is aiming for an Ivy League school or MIT to go into physics, he isn't ruling out attending a school for filmmaking, which is another passion of his.
"I am undecided, and I want to keep my options open," Kubica said.
His mother, Anna, agrees.
"He is so undecided. He is just good overall," she said of her son.
He has always been perceived to be very good in math, but he is a very talented writer as well. He also excels in music and has a set of songs that he plans to release online and offer free downloads in the next month or so.
She is glad she got him to study a bit before the test, doing the practice test online, but that's about all he did, because he was planning to take the test again at another time.
Because he has so many talents, his mother thinks he could focus on a more generic college major and specialize once he is in graduate school.
One thing Kubica knows, he will stay busy between now and graduation in 2013. "I've always found that unless I have a full plate, I find it hard to motivate myself," he said with a laugh. "It may sound crazy, but I like being overrun by work."
Aside from studying hard, Kubica participates on West's rowing team, putting in about 17 hours a week. "It's an obscure sport here, and that's one of the reasons I enjoy it," Kubica said. There are three teams in the state, and he travels across the country for competitions and plans to attend a competition in Boston this year.
Anna is proud of her son and his aspirations.
"He has been working toward this his whole life," she said, while noting that he still has his whole life ahead of him and more hard work to come.
Kubica looks forward to the challenge and plans to carry on with a positive attitude.
"I like having a ton to do," he said.