Another Davidson High School student has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.
Senior Payton Emmertson became the third Davidson student and the fourth MCPSS student this calendar year to earn a 36, which will greatly help her chances to earn college scholarships and to be accepted to prestigious institutions.
“When I opened the score, I started crying,” said Emmertson (pictured at right), who has taken the test three times and had gotten a 34 on her previous try. “It was such a confidence-booster. It helped me realize I actually can do stuff if I set my mind to it.
“I wanted to get that 36 to prove that I could. Also, when you’re in that 34-to-36 range, each point you get is more money on a scholarship.”
A member of the computer science pathway in Davidson’s Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum (EPIC) program, Emmertson plans to study computer science at BYU.
She said no one strategy of studying for the ACT works for every student. “What I did was I practiced over and over again trying to get the time down, because that’s what I struggled with most,” she said. “Whenever kids ask me, what can I do to get my score up, I tell them to just keep practicing. You can check out the strategies, but try them on the practice test to see which strategies work best for you.”
Two of Emmertson’s classmates at Davidson, Isabel Bela and Joseph Stauter (pictured at left and center), earned perfect scores on the ACT as juniors this past spring, and Murphy junior Griffin Noble learned this summer that he’d also earned a 36.
Davidson Principal Jason Richardson credited his faculty and students with the school’s success on the ACT.
“We’ve got a dedicated faculty that’s focused on learning and teaching the students,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of great kids here. We’ve got roughly 200 kids in our IB program and over 500 EPIC students.”