Local Student Earns Perfect Score on ACT

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A South Range High School junior earned the highest score possible on the ACT Test.

Shawn Rast, 16, scored a 36 on the exam. He said he’s been studying for the test since 8th grade, which is when he started taking it.

Rast said he spent countless hours preparing in between all of his extracurricular activities such as playing piano and trombone.

“It’s a lot of times just sitting in one chair not doing anything but filling in bubbles,” said Rast. “I’ll be honest, that takes a lot of time and a lot of patience that I don’t have.”

Rast said math and science come pretty easily to him, but he’s not a big fan of writing. He said he has always liked school, not just school work.

“Mostly my teachers in high school have been fantastic, not mostly fantastic, they’ve all been fantastic,” said Rast. “I have learned a lot and it has really helped me succeed.”

Rast said he doesn’t plan on taking the SAT test unless a school requires it. He is interested in studying computer science and music.

According to the ACT testing website, only one tenth of one percent of students in 2011 scored a 36 on the exam. The average ACT score is 21.1.

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