Congratulation Ms. Tess Brown!
Tess is a 2014 ACDS graduate, now a senior at Bolton High School, who received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.
We are so proud of her and wish her the best in her future!
Please see her story below, featured in the Town Talk (Nov. 16, 2017)
Achieving perfection on the important college entrance exam known as the ACT is so rare Tess Brown couldn't believe she did it.
The Bolton High School Senior said she kept logging online to check her score and make sure it was real.
Only 2,760 out of 2.03 million seniors who took the ACT last year made a perfect score of 36, according to the website PrepScholar.
"It's like it's almost unheard of," Brown said. "I was expecting a 33 to 35 kind of range, so it was very surprising."
The ACT assesses students' knowledge in English, science and math as well as their reading and writing abilities.
The fourth time she took the exam, Brown said, she was hoping to raise her score by one point to a 35.
"I credit all of my success to the Lord," she said, adding, "That morning I prayed so hard for focus and peace."
Tess is the daughter of Daniel and Mary Brown of Alexandria. She and her family are members of Family of Grace Church. The 17-year-old is student of the year at her school and a role model to other classmates, said Bolton Principal Clovis Christman.
She is president of Bolton's National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Key Club International and a member of the school's National Art Honor Society and art club.
"She's an outstanding young lady involved in lots of activities at Bolton and steps up to lead without having to be told," Christman said. "She's a rare jewel."
Because of her high school's small class sizes, Brown said she is close to her teachers and said telling them the news about her score was almost like telling her parents because they were that excited.
"I really think that's where that score came from," she said. "They've been preparing me since my freshman year and just gave me the motivation to work toward it."
Brown is dedicating her senior year to growing in her faith and service projects. She got started by helping initiate a student-led tutoring program earlier this year.
Brown saw the need at Bolton because other students would seek her out independently and ask for help with school. She said it's her proudest high school accomplishment "so far."
"Education is really important to me obviously ... If I can help people reach their potential and feel that same fulfillment I do, that's just great," she said. "I want to help people."
Brown is interested in practicing family medicine or dermatology and plans to begin pre-med studies after graduation. She is considering attending Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Southern Methodist University in Dallas or Duke University in North Carolina.