SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ. -- Shaun Keating, a rising senior at Union Catholic, recently achieved perfect scores on three portions of the ACT.
Keating, who lives in Plainfield, received perfect scores in writing, English, and reading and finished with a composite score of 35 out of a possible 36, which ranks in the 99th percentile in the U.S. In addition, Keating also earned a perfect score on the science portion the previous time she took the ACT.
“It's exciting to receive scores like this because it eases some of the anxiety from the college search and makes me feel as though I have accomplished something important,’’ said Keating, a member of Peer Ministry, the Performing Arts Company, Forensics, and the basketball team at UC. “My parents were quick to inform the rest of my family because they regard it as quite the accomplishment, which makes me feel proud of my efforts.’’
Keating was surprised by the scores.
“I didn't expect the scores I received at all,’’ said Keating. “I even found the test to be more difficult than the first time I had taken it.’’
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.
“I can definitely thank Mrs. (Laura) Lubin for helping me achieve the perfect score in science the first time I took the ACT,’’ said Keating. “Many of the questions were chemistry-based, and with her AP Chemistry preparation, I definitely was able to speed through that section generally comfortably. I can also thank Ms. (Samantha) Scutieri because nearly everything that the math section had asked about had been covered in her Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus classes. Both are extremely good teachers, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to learn from them.’’
“Shaun’s accomplishment in achieving a perfect score in three sections of the ACT and a near perfect score in several other sections is to be celebrated and commended,’’ said Mrs. Jennifer Dixon, the Director of School Counseling at Union Catholic.