Marist High School juniors Kyle Kohn and Jack Molenhouse earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT exam.
They are the fifth and sixth Marist students to score a 36 in the past four years, and the seventh and eighth since 2004. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.
Kohn, a graduate of St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick in Lemont, is a member of the academic and math teams, National Honor Society, and the lacrosse team. He also participated with Marist Young Adults on a trip to bring clean drinking water to the Dominican Republic in partnership with Blue Missions. He took an ACT prep course during the first semester of his junior year. While he anticipated scoring in the thirties on the test, he was shocked and excited when he learned of his top score. Only a junior, he is considering Northwestern University, Emory University, and the University of Notre Dame. He may pursue a career in psychology.
Molenhouse, who graduated from Mt. Greenwood School, is also a member of the math team and National Honor Society. He served as a hockey team captain this season, leading the squad to growing success on and off the ice. He scored a 34 on his first ACT, and hoped he could improve. He could not believe it when he saw his results, and said he ran around his house in excitement. Molenhouse’s list of potential colleges is long, although Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is at the top. He hopes to pursue a career in engineering.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
Marist High School offers test preparation classes on campus for all standardized tests, along with a strong curriculum that readies students for exam content. Other recent students and graduates who scored 36 include Ed Stifter ’19, Samantha Reidy ’18, Becca Valek ’17, Jason Phelan ’16, Andrew Lynch ’10, and Peter O’Malley ’04.