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2 Huntley High School juniors get perfect ACT score

Less than 1/10th of 1 percent of test takers earn 36 composite score, officials say

HUNTLEY – Two Huntley High School juniors recently received some news that very few students across the country will get.

Seventeen-year-olds Savannah Fiedler and Caitlin Murray joined a small fraction of students who scored a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT, and both were surprised to learn the news.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Fiedler said. “When you think about all the kids at my school and the kids at surrounding schools who took it, it’s crazy. I can’t believe I did it.”

The perfect score is known for being a rarity in academic testing as less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test-takers achieve it, ACT officials have said. According to information sent to students who got a perfect score, only 1,598 out of 1.92 million who took the test earned a composite score of 36 in the class of 2015.

“I honestly thought there was some kind of mistake at first,” Murray said, laughing. “I was really excited about it though.”

While perfect 36s are few and far between across all test-takers, Murray and Siedler were not the only ones to hit the mark in McHenry County.

Cody Brock, a home-schooled student in Crystal Lake, scored a 36 this school year as did junior Teresa Fisher and senior Jacob Anderson, both of Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155. A senior from Community Unit School District 300’s Jacobs High School also got a perfect score.

“These are our first students to achieve a 36 in a couple years,” Huntley High School Principal Scott Rowe said of Fiedler and Murray. “Regardless of how frequent or infrequent, it’s a special thing.

“These are two great kids who have done great things so far and who, as only juniors – they’re going to have the world at their feet.”

Murray knows she wants to attend a four-year university and, at this point, wants to major in physics.

Fiedler said her interests currently lie in neuroscience research. She plans to visit several schools over the summer.

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