Cedar Shoals High School student Evan Knox has earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the American College Test, known as the ACT. The senior is one of .05% of test-takers to earn such a score.
“Ever since his middle school years, as I was his principal, Evan was focused and his intellectual curiosity was extraordinary,” said Cedar Shoals High School principal Tony Price. “When I think of Evan, I think of him as an academic powerhouse who will continue to grow and prosper and is already making his mark on our great state and indeed our country.”
Knox is the son of Pamela and John Knox. He has attended Barnett Shoals Elementary School, Hilsman Middle School and now Cedar Shoals High School. He was recently named a Commended Student through the National Merit Scholarship Program, which also placed him among the top test-takers of the SAT.
Upon finding out about his perfect ACT score, Evan said, "Frankly, I was ecstatic – but that feeling goes away pretty fast when you have work to do.” As a dually enrolled student at Cedar Shoals High School and the University of Georgia, Evan is currently a physics major. He is involved in a variety of activities, including captain of Cedar Shoals’ academic team, which has again qualified for the national competition. He is president of the school’s math honor society, treasurer of Cedar’s National Honor Society and section leader for trumpet in the school’s marching band.
The ACT college
readiness test includes assessments in English, mathematics, reading and
science. Each individual test is scored on a scale from 1-36, with the
composite score being the average of the four. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for
that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite
score. The 2013 average national ACT score is 20.9,
with Georgia’s being 20.7. Among test takers in the high school
graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a
composite score of 36.