Dayton Christian School senior achieves perfect ACT score

DAYTON — Dayton Christian senior Johnathan Williams achieved a perfect score on the ACT, a standardized test used for college admissions.

His most recent attempt rewarded him with a composite score of 36. Less than one tenth of test-takers achieve a 36. The national average score is 21.

Williams focused on testing strategies to prepare for the ACT. He participated in an ACT prep class at Dayton Christian School and took the test five times to improve his score.

“I definitely felt better about this last test,” Williams said. “I though it was my best yet, but I didn’t have any idea it was a 36.”

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Williams, who plans to pursue computer science, has already applied to Georgia Tech and Arizona State University, but will also be applying to about 15 other colleges and universities. Dayton Christian staff said that his score will greatly increase his chances of getting into his college of choice.

“Johnathan’s perfect 36 on the ACT is an outstanding achievement,” Gabe Pethtel, junior and high school principal said. “This score will not only qualify him for college, but it will also place him in the upper 1% of applicants to even the most selective schools in the nation. Many schools will compete to have such a competent and capable student apply to by offering academic scholarships so that he might make them his school of choice.”