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Gonzalez '20 Earns Perfect ACT Score on First Attempt
Erin Herbert

Cardinal Gibbons High School junior William Gonzalez earned a 36 on the ACT college admissions test, the highest possible composite score. Gonzalez achieved the perfect score on his first time taking the ACT in April 2019, after preparing
for the test on his own.

According to a press release sent to Gonzalez’s family by the ACT, “The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and sciences, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.” The release continued, “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.”

Gonzalez credits his success on the ACT to his dedication to academic excellence and his drive to be accepted into top college programs, where he hopes to study biomedical or chemical engineering. One only needs to look at Gonzalez’s course load, which includes AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition and AP Calculus AB, to see that the junior takes
college preparation very seriously.

On top of his impressive academic schedule, Gonzalez also belongs to a number of academic honor societies and clubs at Cardinal Gibbons, while also competing with the cross country team. He is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He is also a group leader for the Science Olympiad team, who has medaled at multiple events throughout the country.

The Tamarac native’s mother, Nancy Gonzalez, spoke of her son’s self-motivated nature and detailed how he spends much of his free time reading and studying. She said, “He’s always working and studying on his own at home; he’s incredibly dedicated and driven.” All of Gonzalez’s preparation throughout the year culminated in a perfect score; a feat that less than one percent of the more than 1.9 million graduates in the class of 2018 were able to achieve.

Lori Kubach, assistant principal of academics at Cardinal Gibbons, was thrilled with Gonzalez’s performance and how it represented the academic growth “We are so proud of William for this remarkable achievement. He is certainly in rare company, as less than one percent of over 2 million test takers receive a perfect score on this assessment,” she said. “The work this young man has put
into his studies is incredible.”