senior Rahul Suresh Kanna had taken the ACT three times before and came up just a couple points shy of a perfect score of 36.
Suresh Kanna took the test a fourth time in the spring, and he checked for his score at the earliest possible moment in early July.
He got a 36.
"I stayed up until midnight to check," Suresh Kanna said. "My mom was pretty excited."
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Only around 0.2 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
Suresh Kanna said he is excited for the expanded possibilities his ACT score will afford him as he applies for colleges this fall.
"I'm thinking of studying economics, computer science," he said. "I want to eventually go into law, and law school is the goal. I want a school that will let me study my broad interests, with interdisciplinary approaches to what I want to study."
Suresh Kanna is one of at least 15 Rockwood School District current seniors who have achieved a perfect 36 on the ACT, including Lafayette classmates Abhishek Ganesh and Zoe Spriggs; Erin Gwaltney, Kyan Ho and Jack Kunkel at Eureka High
; and Megan Cline, Natalie Harvey, Steven Karst, Sriya Kosaraju, Alita Sunil, Claire Zhang and Kevin Zhou at Marquette High