Paulson scores 36 on the ACT

Paulson scores 36 on the ACT
Paulson scores 36 on the ACT

Faribault junior Eve Paulson is an honor roll student with a 4.0 GPA, so she’s used to earning good test scores.

But even she was surprised when, during the last week of school, she received a letter informing her she had earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. Paulson took the test in April when she was putting in lots of extra time as a member of the Faribault Robotics team, helping the program gear up for its first trip to the national competition in Detroit, so she didn’t have as much time to prepare for the ACT as she would have liked.

“I didn’t have a lot of time to study. I had a prep book and I looked over the math section and that was about it,” Paulson said. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did.”

Over two million high school students take the ACT annually. Last year, only 2,760 of those students received perfect scores. That’s less than 14-hundredths of one percent.

“I had my friend come with me because I was nervous to open it. I think I screamed a little bit,” she said.

In addition to the Robotics team, Paulson is involved in a wide array of extracurricular activities at Faribault High School. She’s a member of the Science Team. She plays percussion in the school band. She runs for the cross-country and track teams. She looks for ways to improve the school as part of the Continuous Improvement team. She worked with English language learners as a HAPP tutor. This fall, she will serve as the student council secretary.

“I like to be busy and I’m really fortunate that my parents have pushed me to join a lot of activities. They always talk about taking advantage of the opportunities you have,” Paulson said. “We have a lot of organizations and activities at our school, so I feel like if I have time to do them, why not?”

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