Weir High School Junior Earns Perfect Score on ACT

January 09, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A junior at Weir High School joins a handful of West Virginia students in an elite group. Duane Littleton, who took the ACT Assessment in October, scored a 36, the highest composite score possible.  

“I congratulate Duane 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. This accomplishment will open doors to many educational opportunities.”  

Littleton is the only student out of 5,600 West Virginia students who took the ACT Assessment in October to receive such a score. Further, he is one of only 41 in the nation, out of approximately 425,000 students who were tested that same month, to achieve the highest rating.  

“I was amazed when I learned my score. I had no idea that I would perform so well,” Littleton said.  

The son of Duane and Katherine Littleton of Weirton, the Weir High School junior is looking into attending Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh when he graduates next year. He plans to study computer science.  

During his senior year at Weir High School, Littleton plans to take Advanced Placement courses. In his spare time, he is a member of academic teams and enjoys playing video games.  

Sixty-three percent of West Virginia students take the ACT Assessment as their college entrance and placement exam. West Virginia students, on an average, record a score of 20.3.  

Only three other past West Virginia students have achieved a perfect score on the ACT. Christina Chen, a graduate of George Washington High School, Adam Withrow, a graduate of Capital High School, and Jonathan Mathieu, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, were also successful in achieving a composite score of 36.

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