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3 Edmond students get top ACT score

Edmond Memorial High School's Alex Chao, from left, Edmond Santa Fe's Brian Carlton and Edmond North's Keegan Myers earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Edmond Memorial High School's Alex Chao, from left, Edmond Santa Fe's Brian Carlton and Edmond North's Keegan Myers earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools students, one from each of the three high schools, earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.

Edmond Santa Fe's Brian Carlton, Edmond Memorial's Alex Chao and Edmond North's Keegan Myers earned the perfect composite score, an achievement that puts them in the top one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the exam every year, according to a news release. All three students are juniors.

“To score a perfect 36 on the ACT is particularly remarkable because as juniors the students still have a full year of high school material they have yet to study,” said Debbie Bendick, Edmond's associate superintendent of secondary education.

“Honors such as valedictorian and honor society membership are wonderful accolades, but a perfect ACT score is one of the most powerful accomplishments a student can post.

"It will open college admission and scholarship doors to our nation's most prestigious universities.”

Myers received word of his perfect score while on a trip to Boston. His mother texted the good news.

“I was pretty excited ... I'm glad that I never have to take it (the test) again,” said Myers, who participates in track and cross-country, and will serve as student council president his senior year.

Chao said he was “surprised” by his perfect score because it was his first time taking the test.

“I did a lot of practice tests,” he said. A two-time all-state violinist and member of the Memorial High School chess club, Chao still is considering where he will go to college and what he will study.

Carlton is considering studying computer engineering in college and would like to stay in Oklahoma for his bachelor's degree. A two-time all-state cellist, he also is considering how he can continue with his music studies.

His mother, Tia Carlton, says she is grateful for the way administrators, teachers and staff have invested in her son.

“Whether encouraging his love of science, reading, or especially his love of playing cello, Edmond Public Schools has undoubtedly helped shaped the person Brian has become," the mother said.

The ACT is a curriculum-based test scored on a scale of 0-36. It is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The four individual areas that comprise the test are math, English, reading and science reasoning.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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