Onalaska HS student earns perfect ACT score

Published On: May 15 2013 11:40:01 AM CDT

Onalaska High School junior Ben Heinz earned a perfect score on a recent ACT college admission and placement exam.

Heinz says his score of 36 came as a surprise. He found out during his lunch hour.

“I hoped for a 34 or something,”  Heinz said.

Nationally, the number of students who earn a perfect score on the exam is less than one tenth of the one percent of students who take the ACT. Last year, only 781 out of the 1.66 million students who took the ACT got a composite score of 36.

In a letter acknowledging Heinz’s achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore talked about what the score means for the Onalaska junior’s future.

“While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admissions decisions your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals,” Whitmore said.

Besides focusing on academics, Heinz plays bassoon in the school’s concert band and tenor saxophone in the marching band while working a part-time job. Heinz plans to attend a four-year school, pursing a degree in biological sciences after graduating.