In the Class of 2011, 16 Nebraska students earned a perfect ACT score and one earned a perfect SAT score.
Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Roger Breed, hosted ceremonies to recognize these graduating high school seniors.
Students earning a perfect score on the ACT include: Anna Sorensen of Creighton Community High School; Gabriel Connealy of Whitman of Mullen High School; Natalie Wozniak of Kearney High School; Paul Davey, Seth Davis, Michael Lebens, and Jeffmin Lin, all of Creighton Preparatory School; Zachary Foster and Garin Newcomb of Papillion-LaVista South High School; Anh Nguyen of Lincoln High School; Sophia Wennstedt of Lincoln Southeast High School; Jacob Heidelk and John Jasa of Lincoln Southwest High School; Eric Wolatz of Millard North High School; J. Price Comstock of Roncalli Catholic High School; and Yuechen Zhao of Westside High School.
Albert Zhou of Lincoln Southwest High School received a perfect score on the SAT.
This was a record setting year for Nebraska with 17 students being honored for perfect scores.
Overall, Nebraska students scored better than the national average on college entrance exams. The average SAT score was 1509 among 2010 college bound seniors, with Nebraska students scoring 1746. Last year, the average composite ACT score for Nebraska high school graduates was 22.1, which was higher than the national average of 21.0.
Governor Heineman said combining hard work with the support of their parents, principals, teachers and other mentors is the foundation for engaged and successful students. Earning a top SAT or ACT score is an incredible individual accomplishment and an achievement that is evidence of a true commitment to learning.
"As the Class of 2011 prepares to graduate in the coming weeks, I want to say how proud we are of our Nebraska students for excelling in the classroom. Congratulations", said Governor Heineman.