Sophomore at BHS earns highest possible ACT score

posted Oct 27, 2017, 8:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Edwin Ding, now a sophomore at Bartlesville High School, has earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college readiness exam. Only about one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. In 2017, only 2,760 out of the over two million graduating high school seniors who took the ACT earned that score. So for Edwin to reach that level at age 14 is remarkable.

When asked about his achievement, Edwin remarked, “I try to focus on my future and what I want in life, but that doesn’t mean studying 100% of the time for me personally. Ultimately, the things that make you happy are what matters. The score is just a score. However, I do want to thank my teachers, counselors, and principals for helping me academically throughout the years because it has opened up more options for me.”

Edwin says he currently most enjoys his English and Principles of Engineering classes at the school. The latter is one of the newer STEM offerings made possible at BHS via a Phillips 66 Innovation Labs grant. Edwin is involved in the STEM Student Technology Association, Debate, and National Honor Society. He also enjoys singing and playing the flute, guitar, and piano.

Edwin’s father, Errun, wrote to BHS principal LaDonna Chancellor, “I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you and your staff.  Without your dedication and hard work, this would not have happened. We are looking forward to a more successful year for my son and your school.”

Edwin’s name has been added to a plaque at Bartlesville High School that recognizes students in recent years who earned the highest possible scores on the ACT or SAT college readiness exams. Previous honorees include Emily Lin and Sarah Dover of the classes of 1998 and 1999, who each earned a perfect 1600 on the SAT, and Bailey Covell of the class of 2016, who earned a 36 on the ACT.

Edwin Ding

Perfect Scores Plaque