While many students struggled to fill in circles and decipher mathematical equations for the college entrance exam, Perkins High School senior Jonathan Beebe breezed right through the ACT.
Beebe was among 395,000 students across the nation who gathered in June to test the knowledge they'dgarnered during their years of schooling. Only 177 students nationwide and 24 in Ohio scored a perfect 36 on the exam. Beebe is a member of that select group.
The ACT is described as a college "readiness" examination that measures a student's academic ability in English, mathematics, science and reading.
The state average score is 21.6. Beebe scored a 34 on his first try and achieved his perfect score the second time around.
"I felt like I did pretty well," he said. "I was pretty happy, but I didn't realize how special it really was until I realized only 24 kids in Ohio got that score."
Described as an "early learner" by his parents, Beebe is active in academics as well as athletics. He said he only spent a half hour or so a day studying on the ACT Web site.
"My friends tease me a little bit," he said, laughing. "They'll tell me to go do my homework, but I think they're happy for me."
Beebe also took the SAT entrance exam, scoring 800 in reading, his weak point, and 720 in math, his strong point.