Haynes Academy junior Diensn Xing scored a perfect 36 on the ACT recently. The accomplishment puts Xing in rare company, as less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.
“I was pretty excited,” said Xing, who scored a 28 on the ACT when he last took it in seventh grade. “I was hoping to get a 36. I worked really hard for it. I wasn’t sure, because I was actually a little bit sick on the day of the test.”
Xing is active in the school’s academic games and numerous school bands. He’s the drum major, treasurer of the student council, and president of Mu Alpha Theta. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society.
“Diensn is ranked number one in his class and took calculus as a sophomore,” said Haynes Academy Principal Karla Russo. “As accomplished as he is in the classroom, I also appreciate how polite he is and that he is always willing to help his classmates.”
This driven young man wants to study medicine in college and is currently looking into Brown University. Xing views an education, especially one based in science, as a way to make positive changes in the world around him.
“The only way to improve society and to solve questions like the cure for diseases is to research and ask questions like, ‘What if I can cure cancer? What if I can help with old age? What if I can cure ALS?,'” said Xing. “All of those questions have to be asked and then answered.”
Xing is the son of Banghe Xing and Ning Guo. In a letter to Xing recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple 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. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.