Sixteen Utah seniors ace the ACT college prep exam
Education • Two Utah students also recognized for excellence in AP STEM courses.
Published: March 12, 2013 12:39PM
Updated: March 12, 2013 01:27PM

Sixteen Utah high school seniors who took the ACT college readiness exam in 2012 earned the top composite score of 36.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earn the top score of 36, according to ACT, a nonprofit assessment organization based in Iowa.

The Utah students honored for their ACT scores and their schools are:

Davis High School in Kaysville: Madeline Knowlton

Hillcrest High School in Midvale: Micah Johnston and Jacob Brown

Murray High School in Murray: Peter Rosen

Riverton High School in Riverton: Samuel Garrard and Jenica Jessen

Skyline High School in Salt Lake City: Abraham Moffat and Rajdeep Trilokekar

Timpanogos High School in Orem: Nicholas Baker

Timpview High School in Provo: Gabriel Bradford and Peter Young

West High School in Salt Lake City: Jason Chen, David Elliott and Clement Lee

Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross: Natalie Adair and Chris Carey

The students are being honored at a luncheon Tuesday during the Utah ACT State Organization 2013 annual conference at Salt Lake Community College-Miller Campus in Sandy. Engraved plaques will be presented to the students by members of the Utah ACT State Organization Council.

The ACT measures what students have learned in school and scores are accepted at colleges and universities across the nation. The exam consists of tests in English, math, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four scores.

Also, two Utah students — Steven Ban, a junior at Logan High School in Logan, and Helena Ma, a senior at Davis High School in Kaysville — outperformed all other students in Utah on Advanced Placement Program STEM courses — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

They are the Utah state winners of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. Both will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Read more about them here.

Out of all the high school students in the country, only 101 (93 seniors and 8 juniors) were honored with the Siemens AP Award and scholarship.