A Sikeston High School student has achieved the top score on his ACT! (Photo by the Standard Democrat)
Achieving the top score on the ACT exam is a rare feat, but a Sikeston High School senior has done just that. Julius Hoang, son of Dinh and Yen Hoang of Sikeston, who will be a senior when the school year begins Aug. 17, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Hoang scored a 36 on English, math and science and a 35 on reading which averaged the score of 36. The test is mandatory so it is offered free to students. The first time Hoang took the ACT was for Duke University Talent Identification Program. He was in seventh grade and scored a 23. The second time Hoang took the ACT was his freshman year, and he scored a 30. During his junior year, Hoang took it for the third time and earned a perfect score. Nationally, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among the graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned a composite score of 36. Hoang hasn’t decided on a college yet. Read more in the Standard Democrat.