Bay High junior Alana Bernys earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam she took in February. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
Alana is a member of Bay High’s National Honor Society, a Bay High Rockette, and a team leader for the school’s Team Africa. She has been a serious student of ballet and is currently a member of the ballet company at Beck Center, putting as much as 11 hours per week into her pre-professional training.
While Alana hasn’t yet decided on a future college or career, she is interested in doing medical research. “I will probably major in biochemistry or microbiology,” she said.
Alana has attended the Bay Village Schools since fourth grade. She resides in Bay Village with her parents, Julie and Bill, and three younger siblings.
“Since her freshman year, Alana has always been able to balance her involvement in school groups, her involvement in groups outside of school, and the expectations of a rigorous schedule,” said Bay High Principal Jason Martin. “It is great to see such a diligent, hardworking student receive such positive feedback for her commitment to learning. This is a score that truly reflects her ability due to her effort and positive attitude toward learning.”
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.