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Friday, April 19, 2019

Highlands Student Earns Perfect Score on ACT


Highlands High School junior Zoe Poff earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. Nationally, only about one-tenth of 1% of all students who take the ACT earn a score of 36.

Zoe took the ACT in March, as is required for all high school juniors as part of the annual state assessment. She prepared by doing lots of practice using test prep in Naviance and taking TorchPrep, as well as using practice tests on her own.

Being prepared and challenging herself academically seem to be the norm for Zoe.  Not only has she filled her class schedules each year with advanced and Advanced Placement courses, she has also elected to add a seventh “early bird” class to her day.

In addition to her rigorous class schedule, Zoe plays a viola in the strings program, is on the HHS swim team, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP),  Book Club, Tri-M Honor Society, and she still finds time to volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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Although currently undecided on a specific university, Zoe has been looking at small liberal arts colleges. She hopes to major in English, political science or psychology.

“Zoe is not only an exceptional student, but her diligence for excellence is beyond reproach,” said Trinity Walsh, Highlands High School counselor. “Her daily effort, love of school, relationships with others, and happy personality make her a perfect example of, ‘What is a Bluebird?’ I am really excited to see what transpires next year as Zoe starts her college application process!”

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.

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