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The Boston Globe - Jan 18/2010 "Put to the test"


Tripped by health woes, Lexington junior shifts from sports to school, public service

He used to be the basketball kid.
For Lexington High School junior Michael Ramirez Gants, who last month pegged a perfect score on the PSAT, acing the college aptitude test is not only an academic accomplishment, it marks a milestone in a journey back from illness that derailed his athletic ambitions and steered him in another direction entirely.
“It was important to have something substantial I could point to that couldn’t just come and go, as my health did,’’ Gants said of the test score.
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, disorders that affect the nervous and circulatory systems, his symptoms include headaches, nausea, and chronic exhaustion.
Gants prepared for the exam like other students, taking a four-week test prep course. When he took the test he worked on it for 25 minutes at a time, punctuated by walking breaks to regulate his circulation. He scored an error-free 240.
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