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Davidson senior earns perfect score on government test


Hilliard Davidson High School senior Chris Taylor recently achieved a perfect score on the elective Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government test.

For his efforts, Taylor, 18, is one of 18 Ohio high school students to win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for achieving the highest scores.

Three boys and three girls from the sophomore, junior and senior classes of all competing Ohio high schools were selected.

They will travel to the nation's capital the first week of March.

The optional test evaluates knowledge of American history and government.

Taylor said the effort he invested in studying for paid off.

The 50-question multiple answer test included an essay section to help determine a winner, and Taylor was the only Ohio student to achieve a perfect score on this year's test.

"I spent every day at lunch outside the social studies classroom studying and reviewing questions from past year's tests," Taylor said.

Taylor said he took the Americanism and Government test on two previous occasions.

He was fourth in the state and runner-up within his class as a sophomore when he took the test for the first time.

"I was a little disappointed (at the time) but am excited I had the chance to do it again ... and do as well as I did," Taylor said.

His teacher, Doug Biddinger, shared the news of the perfect score.

"Mr. Biddinger said how rare a perfect score was and he was sure I'd be going to Washington," Taylor said.

In past years, several Davidson students have won the trip to Washington, D.C., but none did so with a perfect score.

Taylor said his interest in American history began in early childhood.

"I liked social studies in the sixth grade and began reading more about wars and military conflicts because I found it so interesting," Taylor said.

At Davidson, Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society and the cross country and track teams.

He also is an Eagle Scout.

Based on required letters of recommendation from U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon), Taylor said he plans to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he wants to major in mechanical engineering.

He is the son of Dan and Karen Taylor of Hilliard.