Marshall Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - While high scores are seen every year, only a few perfect scores are seen.

This year one of them comes from right here in Duluth.

With just days left before his senior year, Marshall High School student Anthony Cotter says he's most excited about something other than academics.

"I've been playing high school soccer for a while and...final year; it's going to be exciting," said Anthony.

A few weeks ago though, academics and numbers, one number in particular, were the main things on his mind after a big surprise.

"I was kind of in disbelief. I never expected to get that," said Anthony.

The ACT tests on four different areas: English, math, reading, and science.

The highest score a student can get is 36, which is the number Anthony saw when his results came in.

It's not everyday students get a perfect score on the ACT. In fact, of the millions of students that take it every year across the United States, less than one percent will receive a perfect score.

"I've never seen one. This is my seventh year at Marshall so we have never seen one. We've had lots of 35s, several 34s, 33s - too numerous to count, which is great...but never a perfect score," said Katie Voller-Berdan, director of college counseling at Marshall School.

Anthony's high grade point average gave school officials confidence he would do well even if he didn't prepare...but that was not the case.

"He took his studying very seriously and worked through all the problems and all the sections so that he knew he was well prepared to do it and he would only have to take it once," said Voller-Berdan.

Anthony credits his success with the teaching he has received at Marshall School.

"Marshall tries to give students a broad perspective that they will need to be successful not only in college but also beyond in a much more competitive and inter connected world," said Michael Ehrhardt, Marshall Head of School.

While a good score on the ACT can mean more opportunities in college, Anthony is content focusing on the here and now.

"I mean this is senior year, everybody has fun senior year, so...I am looking forward to that," said Anthony.

Anthony says he is looking at several colleges including the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, University of Chicago Northwestern, and M.I.T.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius