Teen Scores Highest Possible on College-Readiness Exam
The 15 year old is dual enrolled at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, simultaneously earning a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree.
ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg Collegiate High School student Calvin Finley earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Only two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
ACT CEO Marten Roorda described Finley’s achievement as “significant and rare.”
The American College Testing is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in English, mathematics, reading and science on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores, and those who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.
Finley is a 15-year-old junior at SPCHS, where he’s a dual-enrolled student simultaneously earning a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg College. He’s also a student-athlete at Boca Ciega High School as a player on the basketball team.
In addition to his scholarly achievements and sports, he’s actively involved in the SPCHS National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Interact service club, and is a member of Junior Achievement, where he teaches financial literacy to Pinellas County public elementary schools in grades 1 -2.
“Calvin epitomizes the SPCHS vision of becoming a successful learner and leader,” SPCHS Principal Starla Metz said. “Not only does he excel academically, but he demonstrates the hallmarks of the SPCHS National Honor Society of scholarship, leadership, service, and good character. I am immensely proud of him.”
Finley said he wants to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and plans to major in data analytics.
“Stay dedicated to your studies and passions, because they will lead you to great places,” Finley said.
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