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Parkwood High student gets perfect score on American College Test
John Rorie, a 16-year-old junior at Parkwood High School students, has made quite a name for himself by beating the odds and getting the perfect score of 36 on his American College Test (ACT).
“This is something that doesn’t happen every day,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. “I’ve been working in the schools for 35 years, and I’ve never known anyone who had a perfect score on the ACT or SATs.”
John, a soft-spoken young man, said that his perfect score surprised him. “It is something I definitely set out to do, but it’s not something I expected to attain. I’m pleased, but I’m mostly overwhelmed. It was a dream come true to score so highly, but then the response from everybody has been incredible. More people know about this than I expected. Just about every teacher I ever had has come up and congratulated me. People from random classes, who shouldn’t be able to recognize me, stop me and say, ‘Congratulations.’ That’s a great feeling, but it’s also kind of scary.”
The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admission. As for what the perfect score tells him, John said his parents and teachers were apparently right.
“I guess they haven’t been lying to me all these years,” he said. “People have always said, ‘John, you’re going to go places. You can go anywhere.’ I’ve been working toward that forever and now having that score, having a 36, embodies that dream and makes it a reality.”
John is a straight-A student and ranks number one among his class of 215 students at Parkwood High. He’s been nominated for the national merit scholarship.
“It’s amazing any time we can go out to a school and recognize a student for such an outstanding accomplishment,” Davis said. “To give you an idea of how difficult it is to get a perfect score, in the class of 2011, 1.6 million students took the ACT nationwide. Of that 1.6 million, only 704 had a perfect score. John is certainly a credit to his school, community and family.”
Fellow students, school officials and his family honored John with a reception in Parkwood’s media center. His mom, Jill Rorie, spoke with obvious emotion about how proud she is of her son. “We’ve always known John was pretty exceptional,” she said. “He always pushed himself to do his best.”
Also on hand to congratulate John were his grandparents, Judy and Jim Harbin and Edith Rorie; his sibblings, Adam and Jack Rorie; his aunt, Melinda Rivers; and cousin Samantha Alexander. His father, Ed Rorie, and brother, Kyle Rorie, were unable to attend.
Uncertain where he’ll go to college, John said he would possibly pursue a career in engineering. He said he is fascinated by computers and chemistry and plans to study physics in college.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 25, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe