Three LSWHS students earn top score on ACT college admissions exam

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent earn a ‘perfect 36’

Alex Geoghegan, Allison Salamone and Molly Wooster of Lee’s Summit West High School each earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

Alex, a 2017-18 senior, is the son of Sean and Laura Geoghegan. He is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, earned academic letters each year in high school, has received  varsity letters in cross country and track the past three years and qualified for state cross country for three years. Alex is a member of LSWHS Una Voce chamber choir and has earned vocal music letters each year.

Allison, a 2017-18 junior, is the daughter of Lyn Salamone and Matt Salamone. She is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, attended the Missouri Scholars Academy, is a Titan Ambassador and participates in cross country, track, Kindness Council, French Honor Society, Math Club/Missouri Math League, robotics, Science Bowl and Scholar Bowl. Allison is ranked in the top 1 percent in her class, has earned academic letters each year she attended LSWHS and received the departmental award for mathematics last year. In addition, she is a member of High Voltage Cheer’s senior team and coaches for the team’s youth competition.

Molly, a 2017-18 junior, is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Wooster. She attended the Missouri Scholars Academy, serves as captain of the Junior Varsity Science Bowl, is vice president of the LSWHS Kindness Council, volunteers weekly at Abundant Life Church and participates in LSWHS robotics, Math Club/Missouri Math League, Spanish Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council. In addition, she is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate.

Just a handful of Lee’s Summit R-7 students have achieved a 36 on the ACT over the past several decades. This is the first time that three R-7 students have earned the 36 within the same year.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to the recognized students, Marten Roorda, ACT chief executive officer, stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

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