Clinton High School junior Kevin Zhang did the happy dance when he found out he scored perfect on the ACT.
He took the test in June, and was checking for scores at midnight on the day they were released.
“I just started jumping around,” he said. His parents “were really surprised. They didn’t think I would make perfect.”
The American College Test is a curriculum and standards based tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. Students can take it multiple times, and it is administered to all Mississippi students in 11th grade.
Kevin has not decided where he wants to go to college, but he has time to decide. He’s considering a career in computer science or a related field.
“I sincerely thank the principals and teachers from Clinton High School for their high quality teaching and instruction,” said Kevin’s father, Ping Zhang. “They have taught Kevin not only new knowledge but also the way to learn new knowledge from the Internet, namely life-long learning skills.
“As parents, we appreciate all the teachers’ efforts and contributions.”
There are currently two students at Clinton High School with perfect scores on the ACT, Kevin and CHS senior Clark Hensley, but multiple other Clinton students have aced the test in recent years.
“At CHS we work hard to prepare students to do well on the ACT because it can open a lot of doors for higher education,” said Principal Brett Robinson. “This equals free tuition at some schools and a lot of scholarship offers from others. Scoring well on the ACT can have real, tangible benefits for students.”