13 Year Old Bloomfield Hills Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

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(Bloomfield Hills Schools, April 22, 2016)

Bloomfield Hills, MI – In July of 2015, Bloomfield Hills Schools congratulated Helena Gregg on her perfect ACT score at just 15 years old.  Now, Alan Zhang, a Bloomfield Hills Schools student (at West Hills Middle School) has done it again, with a perfect score on the ACT!  But Alan is still in middle school and is just 13 years old!

Alan participated in the NUMATS/Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search and took the exam on April 9th.

“We moved to Bloomfield Hills Schools four years ago, attracted by its wonderful reputation for education,” says Jun and Lijun, Alan’s parents.  “We appreciate West Hills and the blumz07excellent educational opportunities offered for Alan throughout these years.  One example is that Alan has the opportunity to go to Bloomfield Hills High School for his Honors Pre-Calculus class.”

“At first, I felt disbelief,” says Alan, about his emotions following the good news.

What’s next for Alan?  “In terms of schools past high school, I don’t have any schools in mind.  But for high school I do know I’ll be going to BHHS (Bloomfield Hills High School),” he says.

“In my time in education, I have not experienced an 8th grade student achieving such a difficult task as a perfect score on the ACT,” says Rob Durecka, West Hills Middle School Principal.

“I am constantly amazed by what students in Bloomfield Hills Schools can accomplish,” says Dr. Rob Glass, Superintendent.  “Alan is a shining example of what happens when hard work meets determination.”SaharaAd_03

“My counselors, both current and former, helped guide me through the course selection process and through the various opportunities,” says Alan about the adults in his life that helped get him to this point.

In speaking with a representative at ACT, we learned that it is “exceedingly rare” for an 8th grade student to achieve a perfect score.  We asked what the odds are of such an event and the representative stated they don’t measure it but, “it would have to be one millionth of one percent,” he said.

According to the ACT, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns a 36 composite.  However, this statistic does not specifically reference the number of thirteen-year-old students who have earned a perfect score.  That achievement is undoubtedly more rare.


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