LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Three Long Beach High School students just earned a very rare honor: Each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.
"We are extremely proud of Gracie Bush, Mac Dulaney and Alexis LaRosa on achieving a perfect score of 36 on the ACT," said Long Beach High School Principal Larry Ramsey. "This is a testament to the awesome students they are, the quality of teaching at Long Beach High School and the excellent parents and families we have in the Long Beach community."
"News spreads pretty quickly. So, within a week, half the town knew, and I'm not really sure how," Bush said.
For those who didn't know about it, a billboard was put up announcing the achievement with a picture of the students. Excellence on the ACT was recently given top priority in Long Beach with the creation of the PSAT program instructed by Karen McMillan four years ago.
"We want to make sure that they're ready for the rigor of the test and to ultimately encourage them to do as high as they can to earn money for college," McMillan said.
Gracie, Mac, and Alexis haven't made their college and career plans yet, but with perfect ACT scores in hand, they're able to explore all options.
"Duke has this lemurs center so you can do neurological research and they're trying to find cures for Alzheimer's," said LaRosa.
Wherever they choose to go from here, the students are leaving a legacy for future students to live up to.
"It's a nice honor for the school to put us out there and just show what Long Beach kids can do," LaRosa said.
Mac is the only one of the three who's a senior this year. Gracie Bush and Alexis LaRosa are both juniors.
Nationally less than one percent of test takers score a perfect 36. In Mississippi, the average ACT score was 18 in 2017.