As she prepared for the mid-December ACT, Rockwood Summit High
junior Katie Dillon thought that, if she performed really well, she could score a 34 or 35.
Dillon one-upped herself, scoring a perfect 36.
"I was surprised," Dillon said. "I can use it to get scholarships. This will be really helpful."
A Rockwood Summit prize patrol composed of Assistant Principal Dr. Kelly Mignerone, A+ and Testing Coordinator Jennifer Kottmann and Dillon's counselor, Beth Perkins, surprised Dillon with balloons and a special announcement during language arts class Jan. 14.
Dillon was on a family vacation in Phoenix over winter break when she first found out about her score.
"My family was really happy," Dillon said. "My brother is in college (at the University of Alabama), and he texted all his roommates and told them."
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.
Dillon was the second Rockwood Summit student to score a perfect 36 in the fall semester, joining classmate Calvin Yan
. She hopes to study biology in college, with an eye toward going into pre-med.