Hamilton High School junior Margaret Flynn did what few students have done – she earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-entrance exam. Flynn learned in a letter from ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda about her accomplishment.
“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.
“Achieving a perfect score on the ACT demonstrates hard work in rigorous courses, a certain amount of natural aptitude and an internal motivation to perform at a high level,” Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said. “This measure of Maggie’s academic success is certainly a point of pride not only for Maggie and her family, but for our school.”
Newcomer noted that Flynn is an involved student and has been recognized for her performances within the Drama Club, and she is active in DECA, National Honor Society, Choir and Rugby.
“She is a well-rounded student and we are so proud of her accomplishments and thankful for the way she shares her talents and contributes to so many facets of our student life,” 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.