Hong Scores Perfect 36 on ACT

Hong Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Posted on 11/17/2017

Hong Scores Perfect 36 on ACTMHS junior Jennifer Hong has achieved perfection by scoring a 36 on the ACT.

Hong took the ACT twice, the first time as an eighth grader. She prepared by taking practice tests to learn what types of questions appear, and how to approach each type.

As modest as they come, Hong said, "I think getting a 36 on the ACT really isn't a big deal. It's certainly nice knowing that I'm done with standardized testing (for now, at least) and can focus more on other things like Science Olympiad. The score doesn't matter that much because there's so much more to a student than just a number."

AP Chemistry teacher and Science Olympiad advisor Aimee Hansen is a teacher who Hong says has impacted her life. "I have so much respect and admiration for Mrs. Hansen. She has always been a constant source of wisdom, inspiration, and optimism." An accomplished violinist, Hong also serves as one of the Science Olympiad Team Captains, and she is excited to see the team's progress as they push toward Nationals this year. Hong is also in MHS's Peer Tutoring program, and is passionate about helping other students learn. Outside of school, she volunteers at Atrium Medical Center.

Hong wants to become a physician (probably in oncology), and says that her decision was confirmed after her participation in MHS's experiential learning program.

"Over the summer, I did a medical internship at West Chester Hospital. I learned a lot about what different types of medical professionals do on a day-to-day basis, I learned about different procedures in the operating room, and I was very inspired by the warmth, care, and patience with which they treated patients. The experience also really made me appreciate good health and strengthened my desire to help others."

Hong's accomplishment was celebrated at the Mason City Schools Board Meeting on November 14.

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