Kaitlin July had not planned to take the ACT for a third time. She had already taken it twice. The most recent test, she earned a 35.

But on the encouragement of her parents and classmates, the Blue Springs High School senior decided that maybe the third time could be even more charming. So when the scores came, she was thrilled to discover she had earned a 36 – a perfect score.

Kaitlin July had not planned to take the ACT for a third time. She had already taken it twice. The most recent test, she earned a 35.
But on the encouragement of her parents and classmates, the Blue Springs High School senior decided that maybe the third time could be even more charming. So when the scores came, she was thrilled to discover she had earned a 36 – a perfect score.
“I was pretty excited,” she said of the score. “It was something that I had worked on for a while. I don’t think I would have been disappointed if I had not gotten a perfect score, but it did feel good.”
The ACT, a college-admissions exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.
July was one of only five college-bound students in Missouri to earn a 36 during the December test date. The national average composite score for the graduating class of 2008 was 21.1. Some students also take the ACT’s optional writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and not included in the ACT composite score.
July, who plans to attend Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., this fall, said academics have definitely been one of her top priorities since she was little. She said she plans to major in biology so she can go on to either optometry or medical school.
“I have always wanted to help people,” she said. “That is always an area that I wanted to focus on. I want to help people get better.”
Kathy July, Kaitlin’s mother, said she was speechless when she learned of the score. She said she encouraged her daughter, who has created a ACT crash course program at the high school, to take the test a final time because “she had the opportunity to do better.”
“We have stressed not so much academics, but simply learning to our children” she said. “I think since the kids were little, they weren’t just learning for school, but they were learning for the sake of learning. She (Kaitlin) set the bar high and kept learning until she reached it.”
Kaitlin said she is not nervous for the next step on her educational path. She said her brother, Matt July, is already a student at Truman State and she is eager to get started on what comes next.
“I have always been competitive, so I have pushed myself to do well,” she said. “It is still pretty amazing though that I earned that perfect score. I give credit to God, my Lord and Savior, because He has blessed with so much in my life.”