According to Fox 32 Chicago, a Chicago high school student recently became the first in the school’s 40-year history to receive a flawless ACT score.
Mario Hoover is a junior at Providence-St. John’s University. Mel School, a private college prep school on Chicago’s West Side, was founded in 1978. Hoover is a very busy student at school, engaging in concert choir, athletics, and debate, as well as volunteering at the local hospital and the community boys and girls club. He buckled down when it came time to study for the ACT, enrolling in an ACT prep course and using several practice exams as a study aid.
When Hoover received his test results, he discovered that he had received a perfect score of 36, making him the only student in the school’s 44-year history to achieve such a feat. While Mario was ecstatic, he was also taken aback when he realized he could actually accomplish it.
Principal Timothy Ervin believes that students like Mario are the future and that their achievements will set a pattern for future generations.
“He is the future of Black history, in the sense that he has made history here in the present and that’s going to live on forever,” said Ervin.
Mario intends to attend Columbia University after graduation, where he hopes to pursue a degree in neuroscience with a music minor. He believes that by sharing his story, other children will understand that they, too, have the ability to achieve things they never thought possible if they just put their minds to it.
“I want others to know that they can do the same. I’ve been saying a lot today that we are all capable of more than we think we can do,” he said.