Summit junior earns perfect ACT score

Summit student earns perfect score on ACT

Matthew Warden, a junior at The Summit Country Day School, achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.

Matthew Warden, Loveland native and junior at The Summit Country Day School, achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. He is the first student in the school’s class of 2020 to be recognized for the feat.

Achieving a perfect score on the exam is rare. To put it in perspective, of the 1.9 million students across the country in the class of 2018 who took the test, only 3,741 earned the highest possible score. That’s less than one-fifth of one percent. The exam measures skills in English, math, reading and science.

“His accomplishments at The Summit stem from his ability to be both academically and athletically successful, something the school fosters very well,” Matthew’s father, Rob Warden said. “We want our children to be well-rounded. His grades and ACT score coupled with his awards on the football field show that this is possible.”

Mr. Warden characterized his son as modest, someone with a solid work ethic, a collaborative student and the first person to lend a helping hand to others.

“He worked very hard for this,” Mr. Warden said. “While he might not like talking about it to everyone, he is happy to represent Summit and wants people to see that the school has given him this opportunity for success.” 
Matthew is a recipient of the Marc Gerard Fragge '83 Memorial Scholarship, given to students who are dedicated to academic achievement, athletic involvement and spiritual growth.  

On the football field, Matthew joined five of his teammates as first-team all-Miami Valley Conference performers. He is a member of The Summit vaunted Latin and Science Research Institute programs. 

Latin teacher Larry Dean said more than 50 percent of all English words come from Latin. Thus, the greater the Latin vocabulary, the greater the English vocabulary. Reading Latin also teaches critical thinking and attention to detail.

“Matthew’s score is no surprise to me,” Mr. Dean said. “He enjoys the learning process, works extremely hard and has a keen mind. He is a real academic triple threat.”

The Summit's Science Research Institute offers students an opportunity to get experience working in an authentic research laboratory. Matthew is completing prerequisite coursework in advance of insect physiology research in the laboratory of Joshua Benoit, Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati this summer.