Updated: November 7, 2013 6:02AM
Four Lincoln-Way High School District 210 students earned the top score of 36 points on the ACT exam, the highest composite score possible.
Jana Mudrock, Lincoln-Way Central; Richard Puig, Lincoln-Way West; and George Rung IV and Kasper Borys, both of Lincoln-Way East, are among the less than 1 percent, on average, who take the exam and earn the top score, according to ACT officials.
“I was in the car with my dad and I grabbed the letter out of the mailbox,” Murdock said in a news release issued by District 210. “I thought to myself that all my studying had paid off.”
Mudrock plans to major in biomedical engineering. She will apply to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and to Purdue University.
Richard Puig said he reached a goal with the perfect score.
“Mostly it just felt like, finally. It’s something that I’ve been aiming for, and to know that I was able to have the discipline and focus to achieve my goal is a reward all its own,” Puig said.
Puig plans to major in physics with a concentration on theoretical physics. He is applying to Stanford University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Central Florida, University of California-Berkeley, University of
Illinois and is considering Cambridge, England.
Rung said he wasn’t quite sure if the letter was real and was assured by his father that it wasn’t “a joke.”
“After a few moments of disbelief, I called my mother at work and then the entire family was excited,” Rung said.
Rung plans to major in electrical engineering. He will apply to Bradley University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, and Rose Hulman.
Borys said he had found out about his high score when he arrived home from his track practice, but his family had the news already ahead of him.
“What I saw when I got home was a big banner saying ‘Congratulations 36’ and a big cake.
I wondered whose birthday it was and who was 36,” Borys said. “We all celebrated and were excited about receiving the news.”
Borys plans to major in finance or economics. He is applying to Northwestern University or the University of Chicago.