Mercedes student achieves perfect score on ACT

Mercedes student achieves perfect score on ACT
The Science Academy of South Texas

POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:26pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:39pm

Isaac Hanemann, a senior at The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech) in Mercedes, attained a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.

Hanemann, 17, from McAllen, took the test in September and found out a couple of weeks later that his scores were posted online. It was good news to find out the scores were ready faster than he expected, but it was even better news to find out about his perfect score. “I told my parents first because I knew they would be really excited,” Hanemann said. “It took a while to sink in; it’s still sinking in actually.”

Over 1.79 million students from the Class of 2013 took the ACT and only 1,162 test-takers accomplished a perfect score. In Texas, 109,841 students took the ACT, and only 74 earned a perfect score.
This was the first time Hanemann had taken the ACT exam. He credits his preparation to the rigorous Sci Tech curriculum, particularly in the subjects of reading and writing, as well as weeks of practice that included several practice tests.

Hanemann has been a part of the STISD system since he was in seventh-grade, as he attended STISD’s South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) before transferring to Sci Tech for high school. He credits STISD with giving him the chance to truly embrace his passions.

Hanemann is looking ahead to what he will do upon graduation from high school. He plans to study physics, so he is looking into several universities with top-notch physics programs. On the short list for Hanemann are the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Rice University, the University of Colorado – Boulder, and Texas A&M University – College Station.

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

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