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Wheeling Park Senior Achieves Highest ACT Score

August 21, 2002

A senior at Wheeling Park High School has achieved what only two other West Virginia students have accomplished. Jonathan Mathieu, who took the ACT Assessment in June, scored a 36, the highest composite score possible.  

“I congratulate Jonathan for his outstanding performance on the ACT,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “His score is a symbol of his hard work and dedication to academics and will open doors to many educational opportunities.”  

Mathieu is the only student out of 4,500 West Virginia students who took the ACT Assessment in June to receive such a score. Further, he is one of only 43 in the nation, out of approximately 376,000 students who were tested that same month, to achieve the highest rating.  

“I had a good feeling after completing the test, but I didn’t think that I scored a 36,” Mathieu said. “When I learned my score, I was amazed that I had performed that well.”  

The son of David and Beth Mathieu of Wheeling, the Wheeling Park senior remains undecided as to where he plans to attend college next fall but knows he would like to study engineering.  

Aside from taking Advanced Placement courses in history and English and other honors courses, Mathieu also enjoys participating in speech, theater and chorus. During the summer, Mathieu participated in the Governor’s Honors Academy where he studied math and writing.  

Sixty percent of West Virginia students take the ACT Assessment as their college entrance and placement exam. While the national composite score is 21.8, West Virginia students, on an average, record a score of 20.3.  

Christina Chen, a graduate of George Washington High School, and Adam Withrow, a graduate of Capital High School, were also successful in achieving a composite score of 36.

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