Harrison County School District Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

Michael Steil -D’Iberville High School Junior

Sixteen-year-old Michael Steil has always set his sights on making the perfect ACT score.

“This has been my goal since before I was even a freshman in high school,” said Michael Steil.

This D’Iberville High junior’s personal academic goal took a lot of hard work and preparation.

“Most of what I did was taking several practice tests.  My mother actually purchased the, I don’t remember the exact name of the big red book.  That’s the perfect description, because it’s a big red book and it’s full of a lot of tips and tricks and a lot of practice tests.  I’ve taken every single one I could get my hands on,” said Michael.

Michael knew making the best ACT score possible could be life changing, especially since he wants to major in astrophysics in college.

“I’m hoping to go to Princeton and that’s an Ivy League school, so I’m going to need to be at the top echelon if I want to ever have any hopes of getting in,” said Michael.

As you can expect, many people at D’Iberville High, are pretty proud of Michael’s latest achievement.

“I’m friends with all my teachers here, so I’ve wanted to tell them personally.  But even then, it seems every student somehow knew I made a 36, even the ones I didn’t even know.  They gave me high-fives and congratulated me,” said Michael with a big smile on his face.

If you thought making a 36 on the ACT was amazing, you won’t believe what Michael made when he was a freshman.

“My freshman year, I said, ‘You know, I’m hoping to get 36 eventually’.  My goal was 30 plus.  I didn’t have that much confidence.  The first test I took – 32. The next test, boom – 35.  So, I have a history of exceeding my own expectations for what I could do,” said Michael.

Imagine what it was like, sharing the exciting news with his family.

“I showed it to my mom and she just screamed.  It was the best feeling in the world!” said Michael.

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