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Highlands High School rising senior Clay Campbell earned a perfect score of 36 on the March ACT test.  Overall nationwide, less than one-tenth of 1% of all students who take the ACT earn a score of 36.

All high school juniors are required to take the ACT as part of the annual state assessment, but this does not require the optional writing portion. Campbell prepared by participating in the ACT Boot Camp program. Taking the ACT Boot Camp “familiarized me with the process so I was able to better focus” when testing in March. He plans to take the ACT again next year, this time with the optional writing test.

“We are so very proud of Clay’s performance,” stated Brian Robinson, Highlands High School principal. “A perfect 36 is a feat that very few students in the nation are able to accomplish. It is not only a tribute to Clay’s obvious intellectual talents but models for the rest of our school community the importance of being a goal-centered student dedicated to hard work.”

Striving for, and achieving, academic excellence is nothing new to Campbell who added a seventh period “early bird” class to his already rigorous course schedules in his freshman through junior years. His senior year will prove just as challenging with a schedule consisting of all AP classes including AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Calculus BC. Although he will not take an early bird class next year, he will prepare himself for AP Calculus BC by taking a calculus class over the summer.

As for his long-term plans, Campbell stated that although he has not narrowed his college selection as yet, he plans to study bio-medical engineering or science to prepare for a future career as a patent lawyer.

The ACT contains five curriculum- and standards-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test. Accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States, the assessment is used as a college admissions and placement test and measures the skills and knowledge needed for first-year college success.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Highlands offers AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Calc BC? They've come a long way in 13 years since we were there and they didn't offer any of those three...