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Gatton Academy student earns perfect score of 36 on ACT

The Gatton Academy’s Class of 2016, who are currently juniors in high school, took the ACT in March and the scores have now been reported with Seth Marksberry earning a perfect score of 36.

Seth Marksberry, a Gatton Academy student from Owensboro, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in March.

Seth Marksberry, a Gatton Academy student from Owensboro, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in March.

The Class of 2016 recorded an average ACT composite score of a 31.77 on the March test, which is an increase of 1.22 points from their previous average of a 30.55.  When you take into account the students’ previous ACT test scores, the new average for the Class of 2016 is a composite score of 31.95.

“The Gatton Academy students put together their previous experiences at their home high schools with the coursework they complete at Western Kentucky University to reach high levels on the ACT,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove, Director of The Gatton Academy. “While they specialize in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, their high composite scores reflect strong performances in English and reading as well.”

As mandated by KRS 158.6453, all of Kentucky’s public school juniors participate in the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.

Thirty-seven students (or 62 percent) of the juniors increased their ACT composite score and 12 of these students (or 20 percent) increased their composite score by three points or greater.

Marksberry of Owensboro, the son of Tracy McQueen and John Marksberry Jr., earned a perfect score on the March ACT. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns the top score. Although the numbers are not known for this year, last year’s graduating class had only 1,407 perfect test scores out of the 1.85 million students who took the test.

“We are certainly proud of Seth’s remarkable achievement,” Dr. Breedlove said. “He is a sincere, personable young man who contributes to The Gatton Academy community in meaningful ways.”

About The Gatton Academy: Established in 2007, The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors. The Gatton Academy’s students enroll as juniors and are full-time WKU students pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers. The Gatton Academy has been named the number one public high school in the United States by The Daily Beast for three consecutive years – 2012, 2013 and 2014. For information, visit www.wku.edu/academy or call (270) 745-2971.

Contact: Zack Ryle, (270) 745-2971


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