Summit Country Day School junior William McLane, Newtown, achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. He took the exam during his sophomore year.
It is a rare accomplishment; 0.3% of all students who took the test nationwide in 2020 achieved a 36, which is a composite of the four mandatory tests for knowledge of English, math, reading and science. The ACT is an indicator of college readiness.
William noted he felt prepared for the entrance exam because of his English and math classes.
“Ms. Sansalone taught us the foundations of grammar,” he said. “It was incredibly useful to know the different uses of ‘who’ and ‘whom’ and colons and semicolons as those appeared in questions on the test. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”
Not resting on his laurels, William is challenging himself with a rigorous curriculum, taking four Advanced Placement classes: Latin, Calculus B/C, Computer Principles and Language and Composition. This summer, he is taking a networks class offered by Georgetown University.
William is a member of The Summit’s cross-country and track teams, earning each team’s “Most Improved Athlete” award. The award is voted on by his peers.
Outside of school, he enjoys volunteering to help coach younger runners at a local community track program that serves six schools. He enjoys watching them progress through different times and passing on some of the wisdom learned from his own coaches.
“Coach Kurtis Smith taught us the importance of preparation and it goes beyond running,” he said. “It’s about preparation for life.”
During the summer, William also runs a small business with his sister, Kate, painting mailboxes and installing American flags in the community.
An avid traveler, William has visited Europe, Africa and South and Central America, to name a few places. He wants to cross the Far East off his list next.