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New Berlin Eisenhower Honored for Student's Perfect ACT Score

For a student, scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam is a rare and momentous achievement.

It also reflects well on that student's schools and teachers.

Starting this year, ACT is recognizing schools that have students ace the ACT exam. At an awards ceremony Feb. 7 in Middleton, New Berlin Eisenhower was honored as one of just 20 high schools across Wisconsin with a 2012 graduate who scored a 36. 

The graduate - Gregory Hartmann - is one of three Eisenhower students in two years to perfect the ACT.

Hartmann delivered the valedictory address last June, earned the highest score of fives on AP exams and excelled in music, math and more. A 2011 NewBerlinNOW story highlighted how he and Rishil Mehta - his neighbor, classmate and friend - both scored 36.

Hartmann wants to be a concert pianist and is majoring in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati.

"It's obviously an outstanding individual achievement," Eisehower Principal Michael Fesenmaier said. "But it also reflects Eisenhower's continued growth in student achievement."

The ACT tests students in English, math, reading and science. The composite score is the average of the scores on each subject. The Wisconsin state average ACT composite score is 22.0. Eisenhower's average is 24.7.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a score of 36. Of the more than 1.66 million students in the graduating class of 2012 who took the ACT across the nation, only 781 achieved a 36, said Galen Johnson, ACT Midwest region assistant vice president.

"When a student earns a 36, it`s not only an indication of outstanding individual achievement but also a tribute to the quality of support and educational opportunities provided and facilitated by the school in which the student has learned," Johnson said.

ACT research shows that students who take a core coliege preparatory curriculum in high school tend to perform better on the ACT-and are more likely to be ready for college and career when they graduate-than those who don’t.

Eisenhower offers the suite of ACT preparation courses.

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