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Continued: Minnesota students score perfection on ACT, aim even higher

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 8, 2014 - 10:44 AM

She also recently ran for student council co-president.

ACT success

A perfect ACT score does not necessarily mean that a student’s test was error-free.

Hamann said that he tallied a 36 on two sections of his test and a 35 on the other two, leaving a composite score of 35.5, which then was rounded up to 36. He said that his older friend scored a 35.75, adding more fuel to Hamann’s competitive, perfectionist nature.

“It hasn’t been too difficult for me to keep my focus on my classes,” he said last week. “I never really saw getting a 36 as a final destination, but more of a goal and a benchmark.”

Ehren, of Mounds Park Academy, spoke by phone just before a “Composition and American Literature” final. He estimated having put about six hours of study into that test, and continues to work just as hard as always, he said.

His status as a 36er became public after ACT reported that a Mounds Park Academy student had aced the exam in February. Other juniors who posted perfect scores then include two St. Paul public schools students — Vince Dzik of Central High and Ellen Purdy of Como Park Senior High — and Jon Thielen of Buffalo High School.

As for his initial reluctance to share his score, Ehren said: “There are so many other things that are important … things like leadership and work ethic.” He is a math team standout, and a golf team member now anxious for the snow to finish melting.

His 13 handicap in none too shabby. But, he figures, there is still room to improve.


Anthony Lonetree • 651-925-5036

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