Trio of Jays Post Perfect ACT Scores
Jesuit seniors Garth Cook and Matthew Sentilles each earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Cook and Sentilles join classmate Matthew Stuckey who made a 36 of his own during his sophomore year at Carrollton and Banks.
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
Cook, who earned the perfect 36 on his third time to take the test, is the son of Krystil Borrouso Lawton and Garth Cook, Sr. He attended elementary school at Stuart Hall School in New Orleans. He currently participates in Cross Country, Campus Ministry, the Pro-Life Club, and the National Honor Society at Jesuit and hopes to study medicine in college.
Sentilles, who earned the 36 on his second try, is the son of Karen and Jason Sentilles. Before coming to Jesuit, he attended Christian Brothers School in New Orleans. At Jesuit, he is involved with Academic Games, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honor Society and hopes to study mathematics or engineering in college.
Stuckey is the son of Jim and Terri Stuckey of Metairie and the grandson of Devron Thibodeaux ’57. Matthew attended Christian Brothers before moving to Carrollton and Banks.
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 exceptional 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. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.