Eisenhower High School senior Kaitlyn Proffitt recently earned a 36 composite score on the ACT college entrance exam.

Eisenhower High School senior Kaitlyn Proffitt recently earned a 36 composite score on the ACT college entrance exam.

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UCS senior earns top ACT score

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 31, 2018

 Proffitt sets up virtual reality equipment at the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Sterling Heights. She is considering engineering as a major in college.

Proffitt sets up virtual reality equipment at the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Sterling Heights. She is considering engineering as a major in college.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

Hard work and perfectionism have paid off for Kaitlyn Proffitt, and her recent success on a college entrance exam is just one example.

Utica Community Schools recently celebrated Proffit’s achievement of getting the highest composite score possible on the ACT exam.

Proffitt, a 17-year-old senior, attends both Eisenhower High School and, in the mornings, the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology.

While she said many colleges are requiring the SAT college entrance exam, she also wanted to take the ACT to broaden her options.

The first time she took the ACT was last June, and she earned a 35, a point shy of the highest score possible, a 36. In September she took the exam again, and this time she earned the top score.

“I had felt really, really good about this one,” she said. “I got a 35 in June. I kind of got that itch. I was so close.”

The ACT scores students based on their aptitude in English, math, science and reading — an optional writing portion is separately scored. According to UCS, a 36 composite score is rare. The norm is a 21, and only around 2,760 people out of 2 million earned a 36 in 2017.

Getting comfortable dealing with the test’s difficult parts meant advanced preparation, Proffitt explained.

“Rolling through practice tests is the only way I found that is effective in studying for the ACT,” she said.

Eisenhower Principal Jared McAvoy said this is his first year as the school’s principal, so he is just beginning to know Proffitt and the other students. But he praised her for her work ethic.

“It’s very evident she just rides to the top,” he said. “She is incredibly, incredibly dedicated to her learning. … She is the epitome of what it means to be a scholar and a role model at Eisenhower High School.”

Besides her ACT success, Proffitt also is vice president of the Key Club, sits on the student council, heads the school yearbook, plays softball in the summer and is involved with her church youth group.

In the meantime, Proffitt has also completed her college applications and is considering attending the University of Michigan College of Engineering or Lawrence Technological University.

“I’ve been accepted to all the schools I’m interested in,” she said.

Find out more about Utica Community Schools by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000.