STOW, OHIO—Ali Herman, a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School (SMFHS), earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test, while her twin sister, Dani, who is also a senior at SMFHS, scored a 35. Ali ranks second in her class of 422 students, while Dani ranks first.
“Dani and I are like offshoots of the same personality. We’re not competitive with each other – we’re best friends,” said Ali.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduation class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.
“I am very proud of both Ali and Dani for their outstanding accomplishments! Their scores are a true testament not only to their incredible talents but also to their commitment to their work and their entire educational experience,” said Superintendent Russ Jones.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
ACT Chief Executive Officer Jon Whitemore said in a letter recognizing the exceptional achievement, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
Ali is a member of the SMFHS Speech and Debate Team, and she also taught Spanish to elementary students in the district during her sophomore and junior years. Outside of school, she and Dani teach K-1 children’s ministry and lead worship at Christ Community Chapel.
“Speech and Debate can do so much for students. It is inspiring to watch my peers speak intelligently and eloquently during events. My involvement with public forum debate has shown me how complex many political issues are – there is good evidence, and there are good people on both sides of an issue. It has enabled me to think critically about public issues instead of just shrugging it off.”
She credits her parents for her own, as well as her sister’s academic success.
“Our parents encouraged us to read our entire lives. My mom is very driven and focused and continually reads about subjects in her profession of organ donation, and my dad has his master’s degree in library science. We developed a thirst for knowledge through reading,” she said.
The twins also earned exceptional scores on the SAT. Ali, with an overall score of 2380 on the SAT, also scored 800, the highest possible on the Math Level II and Chemistry subject tests. Dani, who is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist, earned a score of 2190.
The pair would like to attend Princeton University, however, Ali said she and her sister made a pact, and that is if one of them is accepted and the other is not, they will forge ahead attending different universities.
“We agreed it will be hard to be separate, but we want the best for each other and will not hold the other back,” Ali said.
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