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Valdosta High School student achieves highest possible ACT composite score

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 11:48:20-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Katelyn "Katie" Elisabeth Lancaster, a senior at Valdosta High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

According to VHS officials, Lancaster, who also is an IB student, was already in the top five percent of her graduating class and has been a student in Valdosta City Schools her entire life.

In a letter to Lancaster, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda called the achievement "significant and rare."

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare," said Roorda. "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.”

School officials say Lancaster is an active member on campus as a member of the VHS Cross Country team and president of the Beta Club.

"We couldn't be more proud of Katie," said Dr. Janice Richardson, VHS principal. "She is an outstanding young woman with a very bright future ahead of her. When we found out she had achieved the highest possible ACT score, we were thrilled. It shows that she has accepted the challenges associated with the rigor of our IB programme and that has clearly paid off for her."

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.