Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Highlands Students Earn Perfect Score on ACT


Three Highlands High School students were recognized for earning a score of 36 on the ACT at the September Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education meeting.  For comparison, of all students who took the ACT in 2017, only .136% earned a score of 36.

Seniors Margot Seidel and Alexander Harrison each scored a 36 on the ACT that was administered to all juniors in March 2018.

When asked about her success on the ACT, Seidel stated, “I think that the most important thing for me was getting exposure to the test early by taking it freshman year so by junior year I already knew what I needed to improve upon to get the score I wanted.”

As for her senior year at Highlands this fall, Margot’s class schedule includes AP literature, AP calculus BC, AP biology, AP government, and AP Spanish.

Proving the point that these students are already focused on their futures, Harrison said, "Pushing for these kinds of accomplishments now, even at lower grades, will pay off tremendously later on. Colleges are always looking for extra effort and extra achievement."

In his senior year at Highlands this fall, Alex’s schedule includes AP literature, AP calculus BC, and AP European history.

“A score of 36 is an achievement that very few students are able to accomplish,” said Trinity Walsh, Highlands High School guidance counselor. “We are proud of Margot and Alex. This is not only a recognition of their intellect but also demonstrates the importance of being goal-oriented and dedicated.”

Junior Adam Groneck earned his perfect score on the ACT in June, at the end of his sophomore year.

"I think that the most important part of preparing for the ACT for me was just repetition,” said Groneck. “If you don't get the score you were aiming for, but you're willing to put in the extra effort to take it again or to keep practicing, you're that much more likely to succeed."

This year, Adam’s schedule includes AP calculus, AP language, AP U.S. history, AP statistics and AP biology.

"We are very proud of Adam and his accomplishment,” said Laura Schnitzler Highlands High School guidance counselor. “It is impressive that he achieved a 36 after having just completed his sophomore year of high school. We are excited to see what else Adam will accomplish in his time at Highlands and beyond."

Academic challenge is the standard for this group. Throughout their high school years, each has elected to build class schedules that are primarily composed of rigorous advanced and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Although these talented students have not narrowed down their college selections as yet, we have every confidence that they will accomplish great things in college and in life.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1–36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major US colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.




PHOTO: (L-R) Margot Seidel, Adam Groneck and Alex Harrison at Board of Education meeting recognition.

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