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June 4, 2014

Ne-Ca-Hi student perfect on test

NEW CASTLE — Brady Haering nearly forgot about taking his ACT test.

But the New Castle High School junior got a reminder from a friend the day before testing. Feeling fully prepared, he pulled off an accomplishment that assistant principal Ralph Blundo calls an extreme rarity.

Haering scored 36 out of 36 possible points on the reading portion of the ACTs — American College Testing, which he took in April.

“School seems to come easily to me,” Haering, son of George Haering and Nicole DiMuccio, said.

He has been a straight A student since kindergarten and getting a B is unheard of.

“I’ve had excellent teachers.”

The ACTs are standardized testing for high school achievement. According to Stephanie Gibson, guidance counselor, they are a measurement of where students are positioned now, in academic performance.

SAT tests project how a student will do in college, Gibson said.

There are four categories in the ACTs and each portion has scores from 1 to 36.

“Brady received a 34 in English, 29 in math and 34 in science,” she mentioned.

“I expected the scores to be big but didn’t think they would be that good, “Haering noted.

When he saw his scores online, his first reaction was, “This can’t be me. It was a nice shock.”

The scores are tallied and then an overall composite score or average is given and his was 33 out of a possible 36, Gibson explained.

Scores in the 32 to 36 range are comparable to scores of 2,200 to 2,400 on SATs, she said.

Gibson pointed out that an ACT composite score of 32 or higher is considered to be in the 99th percentile, which is both a national and state average.

“That means that out of 100 people taking the test, he scored better than 99 of them,” she said. “Brady is an exceptional student, and we are so very proud of him and his accomplishments. He took advantage of opportunities.”

In the six years he has been assistant principal, Blundo noted that this is the first time he has heard of a perfect score.

“These tests are so vigorous and extraordinarily difficult,” he explained. “Good scores are in the 20’s. Thirty six out of 36 is unheard of.

“It’s remarkable that anyone can be perfect in any one area of any standardized test in 2014.”

Haering concurred that the tests were by no means easy.

Gibson said she tries to tell students to take both SATs and ACTs.

“We keep navigating these exceptional students, and as a counselor, there are a variety of needs of all our students and we strive to take them to the next level.”

Although undecided about which college to attend, Haering has sent his ACT and SAT scores to Duke University, Allegheny College, Ohio State University and Temple University. As of now, he said he will probably enter the field of law.

“It was very nice to be recognized,” Haering explained. “Teachers have said congratulations.”

A member of the National Honor Society and Chess Club, he also enjoys golf, reading and writing short stories.

“We have a tremendous amount of academic success at New Castle,” Blundo said. “When it happens, it needs to be acknowledged.”

As for Haering, 36 may just be his new lucky number.

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com)

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