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De Smet Jesuit Senior Roger Melton Scores a Perfect 36 on the ACT

De Smet Jesuit Senior Roger Melton Scores a Perfect 36 on the ACT

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Roger Melton, a senior at De Smet Jesuit who earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT, poses in front of 3D printers in the school's Innovation Center.

Roger Melton Jr., a senior at De Smet Jesuit High School, has earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT. 


Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.


The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.


In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”


The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.


Roger has applied to a number of colleges and universities and plans to study mechanical engineering with an emphasis on computer-aided design and 3D printing. At De Smet Jesuit, he is a member of the student council executive board, Ignatian Business Leaders, the National Honor Society, Spartans for Heroes (a group that honors and raises funds for veterans), and the Outdoor Club. He is the son of Roger and Julie Melton of O’Fallon, Mo.

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