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Bloomington students earn top scores on ACT

Jefferson High School juniors Josh French, Charles Maki, Ryan Meaney and Isabella Phan earned perfect scores on the ACT. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT earn a top score of 36.

French is a percussionist in Jefferson’s band and marching band, and participates in chess club. French is a PSEO student at the University of Minnesota and maintains a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota majoring in engineering upon graduation.

Maki is captain of the debate team and co-president of the DECA club, and also participates on the math team and speech. He is Jefferson’s ExCEL Award nominee and maintains a 4.4 GPA. Maki hopes to study computer science and work in the finance industry.

Meany participates in cross country, track and the math team while maintaining a 4.3 GPA. He plans to pursue a career as a harmonica player.

PhanPhan is a state and national qualifier in speech and debate, on the Jefferson flag corps, and maintains a 4.4 GPA. She plans to study law or political science.

All four students are graduates of the Dimensions Academy High School program for gifted 9th and 10th grade students.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. 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. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges and provide evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors of postsecondary study.

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