Marion County High School sophomore Samuel Thompson has one less thing to worry about during the remainder of his high school career: improving his ACT score.
The tenth-grader recently discovered that he made a perfect score of 36 on the test.
“I was excited.I opened it up and I was just like, ‘wow’ -- my parents were excited too,” Thompson said.
On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of test takers score a 36.
Thompson first took the ACT as a seventh grader, when he scored a 27. Last year, he took the test again and came away with a 34.
“When I took it last time, my lowest scores were in English and reading, so I tried to get those up,” Thompson explained. “I took a lot of practice tests. Also I used one of those ACT guide books -- I read through that and paid attention to strategies and tips.”
Thompson also credits taking practice tests seriously in helping him achieve his perfect score.
“A lot of people have trouble with time-management. When you’re taking practice tests, time yourself,” he said.
Although he’s still two years from graduation, Thompson already has big plans for the future.
"I want to go to a really good school,” he said. “I’m thinking about trying to get into MIT.”
And as for a future career, Thompson sees himself entering “some kind of engineering -- I’ve thought about bioengineering.”
Thompson is a member of the MCHS academic team, Beta club, TSA, and student ambassadors.
He is the son of Jeffrey and Patricia Thompson of Lebanon.