Union Catholic juniors Shaun Keating, Deirdre Sullivan, and William Walto all achieved perfect scores on portions of the ACT.
Keating, who lives in Plainfield, received a perfect score on the science portion of the ACT. Sullivan, who lives in Edison, achieved a perfect score on the reading section, and Walto, a resident of North Plainfield, received a perfect score on the English portion of the test.
"We are very proud of Shaun, Deirdre and William for achieving their scores,'' said Mrs. Jen Dixon, the Director of School Counseling at Union Catholic. "Earning a perfect score on any portion of the ACT is a great accomplishment.''
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It was the first time that Sullivan, Keating and Walto took the ACT.
Sullivan was shocked when she found out her score.
“It was surprising to say the least, said Sullivan, who is a member of the cross-country team, the French National Honor Society, and is in the French Club. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I am very happy about it. I’d like to give all the credit to Mr. Rotondo (John). He taught me everything I know about reading and writing. He’s amazing. I had him for writing honors and for creative writing, and I have him for Introduction to Film now.''
Keating, who placed first on both the local and Union County levels and second in the entire state of New Jersey in the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Voice of Democracy Audio Essay competition, said her Union Catholic education helped her a great deal.
“Science is really important to me,’’ said Keating, who is a member of Peer Ministry, the Performing Arts Company, Forensics, and the basketball team. “I want to continue in the field of science in some way. When I saw my score I was excited to tell my science teacher, Mrs. Lubin (Laura), and she was very excited about it. As I was taking the test (ACT), the background that I had learned in AP Chemistry definitely helped me.’’
Walto also cited his UC education as a big reason for his success.
“I was very happy with my score,’’ said Walto, who is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and the Book Club and has volunteered at the UC 5K and the Tricky Tray. "I feel my class (AP Language and Composition) with Mr. Gottilla (Julius) helped me a lot in terms of editing and proofreading.’’