Each year, millions of high school students take the ACT, but less than 1 percent of those students across the U.S. score a perfect composite score of 36.
Two Tulsa-area students recently joined that elite few – Harrison Morrow of Thomas Edison Preparatory School and Kameron McCombs of Owasso High School.
McCombs learned of his achievement through a friend at school who congratulated him.
“I had no idea,” he said. “Turns out my parents found out and put it all over Facebook. So everyone else knew but me.”
The OHS senior said this was his fourth or fifth attempt at taking the ACT and believes taking the practice test was key to his success.
“I was amazed. I did not think this was going to be a 36. I thought, taking the test, this was going to lower than the previous ones.”
Morrow also took the ACT more than once before scoring a 36. He found out directly from his mother, and said he was overwhelmed by the news.
“I wasn't expecting a 36 at all. I did well on it the first time I took it but not that high.”
Morrow said he reviewed his first exam and focused on the areas he struggled on the first time around. This was his second attempt at the exam.
“I mainly studied for the writing portions, because I knew I would do well on the math and the other sections, but the writing the first time was not particularly good,” Morrow said. “That was where I spent the most effort.”
School administrators say this is not just an achievement for the two students, but one the entire school can be proud of.
“All of our teachers are so competitive and when they have a student that achieves a milestone, like Kameron did with that 36 on his ACT, it is like a badge of honor, not only for all of his teachers, but the entire high school and school district,” said OHS principal Matt Roberts.
Edison principal Derrick Schmidt said the school staff is unaware of any former student to achieve a perfect ACT score.
“I think it's big news for our school,” Schmidt said. “The community is proud of him. Its a very rare occurrence. It's a great accomplishment for him. His work ethic is exceptionally strong... and he has certainly earned that perfect score.”
McCombs has a full ride to the University of Tulsa and will be majoring in chemical engineering and mathematics. Morrow, a junior, hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and have a career in aerospace engineering.
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