Cayuga County student hits perfect ACT score

Nathan Lesch's eight months of prepping paid off when he achieved his goal of receiving the highest possible composite score on the ACT test.

Lesch, 17, who lives in Auburn and is a senior at the private Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, earned a 36 on the national exam, which is used for college admissions and includes tests in English, science, reading and mathematics. Out of the 63,322 students in New York state's 2017 graduating class, only 203 achieved that composite score of 36, said Tarah DeSousa, media communications specialist with ACT.

Lesch took every ACT test from each year since 2000 to get ready. He spent several months working toward his goal, but the bulk of the work went into the last month-and-a-half prior to the test. Upon facing down the test at Onondaga Community College on a Saturday morning in late October, he cleared his mind and zeroed in on the task at hand.

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