More local students score perfect ACTs

Published: Apr. 11, 2019 at 6:14 PM CDT
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It's an extremely rare feat, but several students in Northeast Wisconsin can proudly boast about achieving a perfect ACT score. Since posting this article Thursday, we've been notified about two more students who joined this elite group.

Sam Stanko of Ashwaubenon High School scored a perfect 36. He's an Eagle Scout and is a member of the St. Norbert Youth Symphony and Wisconsin State Honors Band. He plans to attend medical school.

Sawyer Grovogel earned his perfect score at West De Pere High School. Sawyer also plays on the Phantoms football team that went to the state championship last fall. The school posted on its homepage, "We are very proud to have you represent West De Pere High School."

Taylor Gillis is a junior at Green Bay East High School. Besides acing the ACT with a score of 36, Gillis is involved in orchestra, National Honor Society, and the math team, among other items on her college admissions.

She plans to apply to Columbia University, MIT, Trinity College in Dublin, and Cambridge to major in chemistry and theoretical physics.

Menasha High School is very proud of Benjamin Thiel, another junior scoring a perfect 36. We're told his favorite subjects are math and science, and he plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

He has an interest in attending UW-Madison, Purdue or Iowa State.

Less than 0.2 percent of test takers in the Class of 2018 -- the most recent data we could find -- scored a perfect 36 on their ACTs, or 3,741 students nationwide, according to