DeMers completes rare feat with perfect ACT composite score

Anessa DeMers, a senior at Elk River High School, earned a perfect score of 36 on her ACT test, placing her in the top one-tenth of one percent who take test.

Her sister, Mara DeMers, achieved the same feat a few years ago when she scored a perfect 36. She graduated from Elk River High School in 2010.

Anessa will graduate from Elk River High School in 2013. She is the daughter of Sue Lavenz and Robert DeMers.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score.

Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2011, only 704 of more than 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

The Star News is checking on how many times students from Elk River High School have earned a composite score of 36.