Marshall Student Gets Top Score On ACT Test

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Marshall Student Gets Top Score On ACT Test

August 19, 2011 Updated Aug 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Marshall senior Anthony Cotter earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score.

Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2010, only 588 of nearly 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.

Marshall’s Director of College Counseling Katie Voller-Berdan comments that “Looking back through seven years of ACT data since I began my tenure at Marshall, I’ve witnessed numerous phenomenal ACT scores, but this is the first perfect composite. Amazing!”

Cotter’s perfect score comes within an environment of higher-than-average academic achievement for all Marshall students.

Marshall’s average ACT composite for 2011 was 25.8, compared to the Minnesota average of 22.9 and the Duluth school district average of 23.1. Nearly 100% of Marshall seniors take the ACT, compared to 72% of seniors in Minnesota and 66% of seniors in the Duluth public schools.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

Marshall’s average ACT essay score was an 8.1 compared to the Minnesota average of 7.2.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

In addition to his academic achievements, Anthony is a talented student athlete, participating in soccer, hockey, and baseball at Marshall while maintaining an outstanding grade point average.

He has also earned MN all-State competition honors for his performance in Marshall’s concert band.

The Hilltopper community congratulates Anthony Cotter on his outstanding ACT performance and leadership at Marshall School.

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