Avon High School Senior Scores Perfect 36 on ACT

Keeping it all in the family, Avon High School senior Drew Horton, 17, has earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36.

His sister, Cassandra Horton (AHS Class of 2016) scored a perfect 36 in 2015.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year-to-year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers last year, only 2,235 of the more than 2.1 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36. According to information from the ACT, in Ohio, the average ACT Composite score for the Class of 2017 was 22. The national Composite score was 21.

According to Avon High School Principal, Kristina Buller, who has now been at AHS for 23 years, when Cassandra earned the honor, is was the first student to achieve perfection in that time. Now the school boasts two perfect scores within two years, and siblings.

Drew’s high school activities include member of the Book Club, National Honor Society and Junior Statesmen of America (JSA). He also has taken a combined 10 Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus courses in high school. His current overall GPA is 4.2.

Drew is also an Eagle Scout.

“My sister scoring a 36 was a big part of my motivation,” said Drew. “I studied a lot on my own. I have taken the test a few times so I was familiar with the types of questions. I am happy with the results this time.”

He aspires to study chemical engineering in college and plans to apply at the University of Akron, University of Cincinnati and Purdue University.

Drew’s parents are Steve and Martha Horton. His mother is a chemistry teacher at Brookside High School. His 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.”

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