Avon High School Senior Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Avon High School senior Cassandra M. Horton has earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating Class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.
According to Avon High School Principal, Kristina Buller, who has been at AHS for 21 years, this is the first student to achieve perfection in that time.
“Cassandra has always been highly regarded for her intellect and her score is simply exceptional,” said Buller.
Horton was also recently named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Her high school activities include member of the Friendship Club. She also takes several Advanced Placement courses at the high school.
The first time Horton took the ACT in April, she scored 34. Her perfect score was achieved on her second attempt in June.
“My mother is a teacher (Brookside High School) and we worked on taking several practice tests,” she said. “I was surprised I scored a 36 but I thought I had a chance to be close.”
She plans to study chemical engineering at either Ohio State University or the University of Akron. Her father is a chemical engineer at PolyOne Corporation.
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. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.
In a letter from the ACT Chief Executive Officer, Marten Roorda, recognizing this exceptional achievement, the CEO stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT Composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”