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Junior William Wang earns the top score on the curriculum-based ACT test.

Jassmen King, Co-Editor-In Chief and Managing Editor

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A perfect score of a 36 on the ACT does not come easy, but junior William Wang did just that when he took the test on February 27, 2017. On average, less than one-tenth of 1% of those who take the ACT earn this top score, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated in a letter to the Wang recognizing his achievement.

“His achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” Stacey Fernandez, his counselor, said. “This will afford William many college and scholarship opportunities.”

Students are typically encouraged to cram down vigorously weeks of studying before sitting for the exam. Wang had the intention of doing the same, but he did not quite get there considering his schedule is littered with K-level and Horizons Advanced Placement/Dual credit classes as well as daily practices as the bassoonist for the Wind Ensemble band.

“Honestly, I was going to study months before the exam, but I procrastinated, and well I just studied three days before,” Wang said.

Photo by: Jassmen King
William Wang listens to directions before starting his next project in anatomy and physiology.

On the day of the test, Wang drudged into the infamously cold third gym amongst the rest of the other 690 something juniors to take the test for the first time.

“I walked into the testing room tired and sleepy, and I left tired and sleepy,” Wang said. “After finding out [my results], I still feel the same, still tired every day, still have a lot more work to do towards my goals – so no different really.”

Although Wang has been recognized by the staff and his peers, he remains humble and sees himself as the same guy he was before he got his results. Now, he focuses on his classes and obtaining the goal of attending either Harvard University or Rice University to study science.

“William is a very bright young man with more potential than he realizes at this point,” Dwight Aikey, Wang’s Pre-Calculus teacher said. “He can achieve everything he can and is willing to put his mind to.”

According to ACT.org, the ACT is a college readiness assessment used by most colleges and universities to help make admission decisions based not on cognitive reasoning but instead on the information taught in schools. The purpose, along with the SAT, is to provide one common criteria that can be used by admission boards to compare all student applicants.

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