Stephani accomplishes perfect ACT score
Nathan Stephani became the sixth Jenks High School student with a perfect score on the ACT.
Stephani, a junior, recorded a 36 on his first time taking the test. He had taken it prior, but this was the first one that counted. He took it in the seventh grade as part of the Duke talent identification program and he took a mock ACT last year.
“It was always kind of my goal to get 36,” Stephani said. “As I was preparing, I had that intention of, shoot high and even if I don’t quite reach it, I’ll still do well on it. It was a pleasant surprise to get it back and have a 36.”
Stephani said that, while he was taking the test, things came naturally for him.
“I never felt too rushed, I felt pretty comfortable the whole time,” he said. “Afterwards I was talking to other people and they said they felt rushed in the math section which is one I felt really good about. That helped boost my confidence again a little bit.”
Most of Stephani’s preparation was for the PSAT. He planned for the October ACT in conjunction with his PSAT preparation. After his perfect score, he has no plans to take the test again but will take the SAT.
He hasn’t made his mind up yet, but as of now he’s looking at Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Stephani says he’d like to go into the medical field, potentially oncology.
Following his hard work and confidence, Stephani could hardly bare the wait to see his score. After over two weeks of deliberation, he woke up at 6 a.m. to see his score when it was first posted.
“I woke up early to check the results,” he said. “I was excited but it hadn’t quite hit me yet because it was six in the morning.”