Ethan ’20, a junior at MCDS, has earned a perfect 36 on the ACT, the highest score possible. Earning a perfect score of 36 is rare. Only about two-tenths of one percent of the 1.9 million students who took the ACT this past year scored a 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. Ethan earned a 36 on all parts of the ACT.
In a letter to Ethan recognizing his achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda said, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
Learning he earned a perfect 36 on the ACT didn’t change his college plans, said Ethan. “It just brought them closer.” He has toured colleges on the East Coast and in the Midwest, but won’t make a decision until after he applies to a variety of schools in the fall. As of now, he’s most interested in Princeton in New Jersey and Washington University in St. Louis. He plans to study engineering, but hasn’t yet decided on which type. “I like the idea of using my knowledge to fix things and solve problems.”
Ethan has been a student at MCDS since kindergarten and credits the school for continually challenging him. When he was excelling at fourth grade math, he was elevated to sixth grade math. He continued to excel and was moved to eighth grade math to ensure he wasn’t bored and was being challenged to his full potential. As a junior, Ethan has already completed both the IB and AP math classes available at MCDS and will take an online math class through Stanford University next year. “That’s what I love about this school,” he said. “With the close attention and small class sizes, they make it happen for you.”
When not in school, Ethan works at Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant in Madison. He loves the fast pace of the restaurant and is saving the money he earns for future travel. Ethan is incredibly humble about his accomplishments and credits his teachers at MCDS for helping him meet his potential. He is especially thankful to the high school math department and MCDS College Advisor Matt Koehler for helping to guide him on this path.