“When I first saw it, it looked like a 30, but then I looked a little closer, and needless to say I was pretty excited. I went to AP Language and Composition with Mrs. Miedwig and my hands were shaking, I was so excited,” said Ben Hausch, Crystal Lake South High School junior.
For Ved Patel, it was the first time he took the ACT. He knew the score would be released on February 21, and was extremely nervous the night before. Ved felt confident while he was taking the test and thought he did well.
“My dad woke me up in the morning with great news. At first, I thought my dad was just making it up, so I ran to my computer and checked for myself. When I saw my score, I could not believe it,” said Ved Patel, Cary-Grove High School sophomore.
In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.
Ben Hausch is taking three AP classes this semester; he says football has shaped his work ethic. He is also involved in several other extra curricular activities at South including National Honor Society, math team and Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering (WYSE) team. He is interested in pursuing a career in engineering possibly with a focus in aerospace.
Ved Patel is enrolled in four Advanced Placement classes this semester, and involved in marching band, Scholastic Bowl, math team and WYSE. In 2016, Ved won the McHenry County Spelling Bee, earning a spot to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. As a sophomore, Ved says he’s leaning towards a career in medicine, but says he still has time to figure it out.
Earlier this year, Danny Minogue, a junior at Crystal Lake South also earned a perfect ACT score.