DHS junior makes perfect 36 ACT score

D'Iberville High junior honored by MDE for making 36 ACT score

A D’Iberville High School junior was honored by the Mississippi Department of Education this month for making a perfect score on the ACT.  Michael Steil scored a 36 – the highest a student can make on the ACT.

Michael, and other students from across Mississippi who made the top ACT score, received special recognition during a ceremony in Jackson.  Those in attendance included Dr. Jason Dean, State Board of Education Chairman, and Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education.

The ACT is a standardized test used for college admission in the United States.  Scoring a 36 is quite an achievement, considering less than one-percent of students who take the ACT get a 36 on their test. What’s even more remarkable is that Michael made a 35 in his freshman year! 

Michael says he took many practice tests to prepare for the ACT.  His mother also bought him a "big red book" to help him study.  Michael scored a 28 when it took the ACT for the first time in the 7th grade.

The 16-year-old junior plays the synthesizer in the school marching band.  One of his favorite hobbies is role playing in the Dungeons and Dragons game. Michael would like to attend Princeton University and major in astrophysics.     

You can watch the WXXV News story on Michael Steil here: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/09/19/diberville-high-student-scores-perfect-36-act/