Bay High School student earns highest possible ACT score
Annabella Mayer, daughter of David and Jacquelyn Mayer and a junior at Bay High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2021, only 4,055 out of 1.29 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
Annabella plays volleyball and participates in track and field at Bay High School. She is also active in Bay High Key Club and serves on the service club’s leadership team. She is a class officer and member of: Student Council, National Honor Society, Model UN, Bay Student Boosters and Bay Village Education Foundation. Annabella also plays the cello in Bay High School’s orchestra and participates in school musicals.
Outside of school, Annabella volunteers for Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain County. She also babysits and works at the Bay Aquatic Center during the summer months. When she’s not studying or working, she enjoys walking her dogs, reading and hanging out with her friends.
Although she hasn’t narrowed down a university, she plans on majoring in neuroscience or biology and pursuing a pre-medical track to become a pediatrician.
“I would like to thank all of my amazing teachers, especially Mrs. Heather Fanter,” said Annabella. “I could not have gotten that score without her College Prep class!”
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
“Earning a top score on the ACT is a remarkable achievement,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “A student’s exceptional score of 36 will provide any college or university with ample evidence of their readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.
Karen Uthe Semancik
Karen Uthe Semancik is the communications director for Bay Village Schools.