Summit Country Day School junior Maliah Bricking of Sharonville achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.
According to an ACT spokesman, only 0.2 percent of the 1.9 million students nationwide who took the exam in 2018 received a perfect score, with the average score being 20.8. A student’s overall score is a composite of results on the four mandatory parts of the exam — English, math, reading and science.
“Maliah is certainly one of our best all-around students,” her adviser, Latin teacher Lisa Mays ’05, said. “Her work ethic is unmatched.”
She is a member of the school’s state championship Latin team and editor of the Latin Club’s newsletter, Vox Latina, which earned an excellent rating in March at the Ohio Junior Classical League convention.
“I am sure Maliah’s extensive Latin knowledge contributed to her performance on the ACT,” Mays said. Recent studies indicate that students taking Latin consistently perform at a higher level than their peers on the verbal sections of standardized tests and have more advanced problem-solving skills in math, the teacher said.
Maliah said she also practiced for the ACT in her English and trigonometry/ precalculus classes. She is taking four Advanced Placement classes this year: Spanish, Physics, Latin and U.S. Government.
Maliah is a member of The Summit’s Philanthropy Club and will be its president next year. She has been a Mock Trial attorney the past two years, is a member of the first Upper School Student Advisory Committee and tutors Summit freshmen. She has competed on the school’s track and field, volleyball and swim teams and received the Dick Snyder Sportsmanship Award from the Miami Valley Conference during her sophomore year of swimming. Outside class, she is a lifeguard and swimming teacher at Sharonville Community Center and has volunteered for Matthew 25: Ministries events and at the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community. This summer, she will attend Buckeye Girls State.
A scholar and athlete, she is a recipient of the Patricia and Joseph H. Clasgens II SBS '37 Scholarship.