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Lawrence North senior gets perfect ACT score

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Grant Lin

Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News

Lawrence - A senior at Lawrence North High School is on the path to success. He's one of fewer than 200 teens in the U.S. to achieve the highest score possible on the ACT.

Grant Lin can pick up a violin and play. The piano is no problem either. But the talent of this Lawrence North Senior doesn't end there.

In June, Grant took the ACT college entrance exam and just found out he got a 36, the highest score possible. He's one of only five students in the state who can make such a claim. The national average result is 21.

"I'm pretty happy because that means for me the college question isn't as big as it is for a lot of my peers," he said.

A perfect ACT score nearly guarantees Grant admittance into the college of his choice. He's narrowed the list of schools down to around eight. As for what he wants to study, "I'm not completely sure. I know that I'm probably going to end up with a major in one of the three major sciences so either biology, physics or chemistry or maybe bio-physics or bio-chemistry."

The high score comes as no surprise to teachers and advisors at Lawrence North, where Grant is an advance placement student and was recently elected president of Key Club International.

"Grant Lin is driven. He is a perfectionist at just about anything he wants to do. That ranges from academics to music to just being a friend. He is a good one," said Dee Anne Sinclair, Key Club advisor.

"He's well read, he's polite, he's just fun to be around. He's got an awesome sense of humor. He's just fun to be around," said Susan Donges, freshman English teacher.

The future is bright for this 17-year-old. "I can just see in the years to come he's going to be campaigning for president of the United States, it wouldn't surprise me at all!" said Sinclair.

Grant also scored a 2300 on the SAT, but he plans to take it again to try for a perfect score of 2400.