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Seventeen Walnut Hills Students Earn Perfect ACT Scores

April 22, 2019

Pictured left to right, first row: Bridget Fuller, Naomi Stoner, Milan Parikh, Evan Peters; Second row: Antoine Langree, Nolan Brown, Matthew Dumford, Suvan Adhikari, Gabrielle Chiong; Third Row: Raymond Conroy, Nathan Miller, Peter Hattemer, Meoshea Britt, Dhruv Rungta, Nicholas Deck, Mohit Pinninti. Not pictured: Alan ZhangNot one student. Not two students. Not even 10 students. A total of 17 students from Walnut Hills High School earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a standardized test used for college admission.

"I have never heard of so many students in one school earning a perfect score," said Ed Curry, spokesperson for ACT. He said ACT does not keep records of students with perfect ACT scores by school or district and could not verify if this was the largest number of students from one high school earning the top score.

ACT, however, does report that approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the exam nationwide earn a 36.

The 17 students hitting the high mark include:

Seniors Juniors
Nolan Brown    Suvan Adhikari
Raymond Conroy Meoshea Britt
Matthew Dumford Gabrielle Chiong
Peter Hattemer Nickolas Deck
Antoine Langree Bridget Fuller
Nathan Miller Evan Peters
Milan Parikh Mohit Pinninti
Naomi Stoner Dhruv Rungta
  Alan Zhang

Another 23 Walnut High School seniors just missed a perfect score, earning 35 out of a possible 36, said Principal John Chambers. 

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.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36-composite score have likely mastered all the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.

Upon graduation, the seniors plan to attend the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Tulane University and Rhodes College in Tennessee. Antoine Langree is studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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