Parkwood High student gets perfect ACT score

John Rorie, a 16-year-old junior at Parkwood High School recently scored a perfect 36 on the American College Test (ACT).

“This is something that doesn’t happen every day,” said Union County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Davis. “I’ve been working in the schools for 35 years and I’ve never known anyone who had a perfect score on the ACT or SATs.”

John said while he was hoping for a perfect score, he certainly wasn’t expecting it.

“I’m pleased, but I’m mostly overwhelmed,” he said. “It was a dream come true to score so highly, but then the response from everybody has been incredible. More people know about this than I expected. Just about every teacher I ever had has come up and congratulated me. People from random classes, who shouldn’t be able to recognize me, stop me and say, ‘Congratulations.’ That’s a great feeling, but it’s also kind of scary.”

The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admission.

John is a straight-A student and ranks No. 1 among his class of 215 students. He’s also been nominated for the National Merit Scholarship.

He’s not sure where he’ll go to college, but he’s considering a degree in engineering.

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