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Author, paleontologist, chef or CEO of the world? A student who gets a perfect score on the state test aspires to greatness

Posted 4:14 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022

VIDALIA, La. — Nine-year-old Andi Cooley said she’s still not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but the possibilities are endless.

“I’m changing,” she said. “I’m like, ‘I want to be an author. No, I want to be an illustrator. No, I want to be a paleontologist. No, how about a hairdresser? No, a cook! I want to be everything, CEO of the world .

Cooley, the daughter of Taylor and Trey Cooley, is well on her way to academic greatness.

Now in her fourth year at Concordia Parish Academy, Cooley said she loves school.

“She asks her teachers for extra homework,” Taylor Cooley said.

As a third-grade student, Cooley achieved perfect results in the English Language Arts part of the LEAP and Advanced test, which is the highest level, in all subjects.

The school district’s average score on the ELA test is 725 out of a possible 850 points. The average for Louisiana State is 736 points.

Cooley got her test results on Friday and saw she had scored 850.

“I’m super excited. It was a bit difficult, some of the questions. Honestly, I didn’t expect to get a perfect score. … I’m so happy about it,” Cooley said.

Cooley was also allowed by her school to skip a grade in her math class. Last year, she was taking math in fourth grade and also reading in sixth grade.

“Into Harry Potter and I’m on the second book right now,” she said. Her favorite series so far is Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories,” Cooley said.

“There are six books and I have finished them all. The largest is 517 pages,” she said.

Cooley memorized the page count of all the books she read.

In her spare time, when Cooley isn’t doing the extra homework she’s asked for, she enjoys playing soccer, drawing, arts and crafts, and doing graphic design. Cooley uses the Picsart app on her home computer to draw and let her imagination take her wherever she wants to be, whether that’s in a cup of tea, in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean, or saving the world as a superhero with the power to control lighting.

She makes “paper squishes,” a craft that involves coloring and cutting paper and stuffing it with pillow stuffing to create three-dimensional art, for sale online.

Cooley also loves the theater. Last summer, she performed several roles in her first play, “James and the Giant Peach,” at the Natchez Little Theater, including a butterfly, a seagull, a Hollywood agent, and Karl Kreatour who shouts, “Watch out, there’s a rhinoceros !” in James’ nightmare, Cooley said. She’s currently working on a comic, viewing herself and her friends as rich women who suddenly realize what it’s like to not be rich when cursed by a genius.

Her biggest role models, Cooley said, are her parents.

Cooley said she also loved all of her teachers and credited them for her test success.


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