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November 4, 2013

Three NPS students score perfect ACT scores

NORMAN — Perfection is a feat many strive for and will never attain. To be free of flaws and mistakes is a rare state — some might even call it impossible — yet three Norman Public Schools’ students went above and beyond to achieve perfect ACT scores.

Joseph Sullivan and Chris Brooks, Norman High School seniors, and William Long, a Norman North senior, all scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

The ACT is a standardized exam taken by high school students to gauge their college and career readiness. Students are assessed with four multiple choice subject tests in English, reading, math and science reasoning.

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT for the college admissions process. Students often see an increase in their score the more times they take it, but few attain a perfect score.

Sullivan, son of Kenny and Dawn Sullivan, said he took the ACT five times, but it was on his last try that he made a 36 his senior year.

“I was encouraged by my English teacher, Gail St. John, to take the test again. I had already made a 35, but I figured I had nothing to lose,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan came out a winner with his perfect score, and now he hopes his score will give him the edge to get into Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or the University of Oklahoma.

“I hope my score will get me noticed and into those colleges ... I want to study engineering. Both my parents are engineers,” Sullivan said.

However, college acceptance wasn’t the only motivating factor that led Sullivan to take the ACT a fifth time; competition played a role, too.

“Chris had already got a 36. We have AP physics together, and there is a friendly competition between us,” Sullivan said.

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