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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Highlands Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

Donnie Adams 
Highlands High School junior Donnie Adams earned a perfect score of 36 on the December ACT test. Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1% of all students who take the ACT earn a score of 36.

The ACT is required for all high school juniors as part of the annual state assessment in the spring of the school year.

To prepare for the March test, Adams studied using the English portion of PrepMe in Naviance and also decided to familiarize himself with the format by taking the test when it was offered in December 2015.

Naviance is a program that helps counselors, teachers, parents and students communicate with each other about college and career goals. Within Naviance, students can request transcripts, complete interest inventories and college search inventories, and enter resume items. With the additional component “PrepMe,” all Highlands High School students have access to personalized ACT prep using pre-assessments and lessons specific to their individual needs.

Being prepared and challenging himself academically seem to be customary traits of Adams. During his high school career, he has taken Advanced Placement (AP) classes every year; beginning with one in his freshman year, two in his sophomore year and now, in his junior year, he is taking four AP classes, one of which is an “early bird” class held from 7-8am adding an extra class to his rigorous schedule.

We are very proud of Donnie’s performance,” stated Brian Robinson, Highlands High School principal. “A perfect score of 36 is quite an accomplishment and one that very few students in the nation are able to achieve. Attaining such a score is a direct reflection of both Donnie’s obvious intellectual talents and the importance of being goal-centered and dedicated.”

“I am thrilled to have received a score of 36 on my first attempt taking the ACT, and I look forward to using it as a stepping stone in my pursuit of college degrees,” said Adams. “I am greatly appreciative of the many passionate and supportive individuals within the Fort Thomas Independent School system who do all that they can to better prepare us for the future.”

As for his long-term plans, Adams stated that he is interested in studying Computer Sciences and is hopeful that scholarship opportunities will allow him to select a college from his top choices which include Purdue and MIT.

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.

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