Hamilton High School juniors Ella Chevalier, Ellie DeCleene and Nikhita Nair did what few students have done – they earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam. The students learned in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda about their accomplishment. Earlier in the year, Margaret Flynn was notified that she earned 36 on the ACT which brings the number of Hamilton students with a perfect ACT score to four.
“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Roorda wrote. “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
Fewer than half of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among U.S. high school graduates from the class of 2019, only 4,879 of nearly 1.8 million students earned a top composite score of 36.
“This achievement is so rare, that the fact that we have four perfect scores in our class of 2021, is almost unbelievable,” Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said. “However, knowing these young women and the internal motivation they have, it should not be surprising.”
“Along with their academic achievement, they are very involved in school activities and make positive leadership contributions to our entire community. It is exciting to think about the impact they will have on our future world and we couldn’t be more proud of what they have already accomplished,” Newcomer said.
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.