Nicholas Joy, a senior at Atascocita High School, scored a perfect 36 on his ACT, which less than 1% of students in the United States receive.

The ACT is scored by taking the student’s four scaled section scores and averaging them. To receive a 36, a student must receive an almost perfect score in every section. According to the ACT National Profile Report for the graduating class of 2020, only 1% of students score a 34 or higher on their ACT. Scoring a perfect 36 is only achieved by 0.334% of test takers and sets any student apart, even among other top scorers.

Joy plans on becoming a childhood cancer physician in the future and hopes to attend Vanderbilt University after he graduates. He hopes to one day work at St. Jude’s Hospital. Joy credits his teachers Itzel Burt, who teaches algebra II and geometry at Atascocita High School, and Sara Hansen, the health science teacher and HOSA sponsor for Atascocita High School, for shaping his educational experience and preparing him for the ACT and after graduation.

Joy is not the only student in Humble ISD to receive a perfect score on their ACT. Over the past year Daphne Han, a 2021 graduate from Kingwood High School, and John Logan, a 2021 graduate from Kingwood Park High School, also received perfect scores on their ACT. Han is currently attending Carnegie Mellon University, and is studying computer science and computational biology. Logan is currently attending New York University and is majoring in computer science.

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