Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed are recognizing 15 Nebraska high school seniors on Wednesday for achieving perfect scores on the ACT or SAT college admission exams.
There will be two ceremonies held for those students, one at Central High School in Omaha and Lincoln Southwest High School.
Heineman extended his congratulations to the students saying, "This is an incredible accomplishment. These students represent the outstanding young people in our state who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, and I'm confident they will build upon their academic accomplishments in the years ahead."
Breed added his congratulations for the seniors. He said, "College and career readiness is a goal Nebraska has set for all high school graduates. You are a role model. Each of you has reached the top of that goal by receiving the highest possible score on your college entrance exam. On behalf of the State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education, I congratulate you on your outstanding academic achievement. I know your teachers, schools and families are proud of your accomplishments as well."
The students who received top scores on the ACT and/or SAT include: Preston Fegley of Grand Island Senior High School; Patrick Fisher of Creighton Preparatory School; Maranda Frey of Lincoln Southwest High School; Thomas Fryklind of Archbishop Bergan High School; Vaishnavi Ganesan of Elkhorn South High School; Alexander Gangwish of Bellevue West High School; Paul Kujawa of Mount Michael Benedictine High School; Mackenzie Mikkelsen of Westside High School; Nick Nagengast of Bloomfield High School; Andrew Peterson of Lincoln Southeast High School; Thomas Rasmussen of Lincoln East High School; Bonnie Smith of Northwest High School; Marika Svolos of Central High School; Peter Xu of Millard North High School; and Nathaniel Wei of Lincoln East High School.
On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT earns a top score of 36, while only 0.022 percent of students who take the SAT earn the highest possible score of 2400.