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DEAR FELLOW NEBRASKANS: Recognizing outstanding student performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:18

By Nebraska Governor

Dave Heineman


In the Class of 2011, 16 Nebraska students earned a perfect ACT score and one earned a perfect SAT score. They represent Nebraska’s best and brightest young people.

Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Roger Breed, and I hosted ceremonies to recognize these graduating high school seniors.

Students earning a perfect score on the ACT include: Anna Sorensen of Creighton Community High School; Gabriel Connealy of Whitman of Mullen High School; Natalie Wozniak of Kearney High School; Paul Davey, Seth Davis, Michael Lebens, and Jeffmin Lin, all of Creighton Preparatory School; Zachary Foster and Garin Newcomb of Papillion-LaVista South High School; Anh Nguyen of Lincoln High School; Sophia Wennstedt of Lincoln Southeast High School; Jacob Heidelk and John Jasa of Lincoln Southwest High School; Eric Wolatz of Millard North High School; J. Price Comstock of Roncalli Catholic High School; and Yuechen Zhao of Westside High School.

Albert Zhou of Lincoln Southwest High School received a perfect score on the SAT.

Of the nearly 1.6 million students in the class of 2010 who took the SAT, only 382 scored a perfect score of 2400. On average, one-tenth of one percent of students score a 36 on the ACT. While this level of performance on either exam is exceedingly rare, this was a record setting year for Nebraska with 17 students being honored for perfect scores.

Overall, Nebraska students scored better than the national average on college entrance exams. The average SAT score was 1509 among 2010 college bound seniors, with Nebraska students scoring 1746. Last year, the average composite ACT score for Nebraska high school graduates was 22.1, which was higher than the national average of 21.0.

The top performance of our high school seniors is an outstanding example of how Nebraska students are preparing for the future.

Combining hard work with the support of their parents, principals, teachers and other mentors is the foundation for engaged and successful students. Earning a top SAT or ACT score is an incredible individual accomplishment and an achievement that is evidence of a true commitment to learning.

The students we honored are just a few of the outstanding young people in our state who have distinguished themselves in the classroom. Their knowledge, focus and drive have prepared them well as they look forward to college. I’m confident they will build upon their accomplishments in the years ahead.

As the Class of 2011 prepares to graduate in the coming weeks, I want to say how proud we are of our Nebraska students for excelling in the classroom. Congratulations.