Avon High School junior Cade Grant has earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36. 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. This is the second student this year at AHS to receive the perfect score, and the fourth in the past 21 years. Other students include: Madeline DiFilippo, Cassandra Horton, and Drew Horton.
“I was incredibly surprised to hear I got a 36,” said Grant. “I wanted to at least get a 32 to beat my dad’s score.”
This was the first time Grant took the ACT test. He credits studying for the test using the ACT workbook and practicing often, to achieve the high score.
In addition to his dedication to his schoolwork which includes taking four Advanced Placement (AP) courses at AHS (Economics, Language Arts, Chemistry and Calculus), his high school activities include Golf Team, Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), orchestra, Avon Electric Orchestra and Academic Challenge. His interests outside the classroom include golf and playing bass guitar. He is a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO), Lakewood Speedskating Club, and volunteers for the Trinity Special Olympics Speedskating Team.
On May 21, he will be performing in a concert with singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins with CYO at Severance Hall (Avon High School seniors Chase Fensore and Emily Zhao will also be performing in the CYO).
Grant represented Cleveland Speedskating in the International Children’s Games in Austria in 2016.
His career goal is to become an aeronautical engineer. He is undecided on a college/university at this time, but has a long list of potential top tier schools.
Grant has been an Avon resident since he was three-years-old and has attended the Avon Local Schools since Kindergarten. His father, Brandon, works for Sherwin-Williams and his mother, Angie works in sales for a painting/coding company.
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.