Harrison High student earns perfect ACT score

Anushka Jain
Anushka Jain (contributed)

Anushka Jain, daughter of Vinay and Julie Jain and a junior at Harrison High School, is among a fraction of U.S. students to earn the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. The curriculum-based achievement exam measures what students have learned in school.

In addition to this achievement, Jain maintains a 4.0 grade point average, while taking multiple honors and advanced placement classes, her counselor Jennifer Kowalski said.

“Anushka is a dedicated, hard working, phenomenal student,” Kowalski wrote in an email. “She is incredibly smart, but also very interested and involved in the arts.”

Jain is a participant in the Harrison dance and theater programs, SAGE- Students Advocating for Gender Equality, Model UN, Mayors Youth Council, and is a tutor with the Farmington African American Parent Network.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A studen’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said in a letter to Jain. “While test scores are just one of multiple 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.”