Summit Country Day School senior Ryan Burns of Anderson Township 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.
“Ryan certainly has a sharp mind, but his work ethic is what makes him a success,” said Larry Dean, Summit Latin teacher. “He is the embodiment of labor omnia vincit or work conquers all.”
He is a member of the school’s state championship Latin team and is president of the Ohio Junior Classical League. He is the sixth Summit Latin student to hold that position in the past 20 years. On the SAT Latin exam, he received a perfect score. He earned a perfect score on the National Latin exam for the third time in the last five years as well.
He is certainly a gifted Latin student, but that is far from the only area where he excels.
Of the Advanced Placement examinations he’s taken, Ryan has earned a five, the best score possible, on Biology, Calculus BC, Latin, Statistics and European History.
“Ryan commits himself to excellence in every class that he takes,” said Kelly Cronin, Interim Upper School Director. “He embodies The Summit’s motto of ‘aim high.’"
In addition to being president of the OJCL, Ryan is a member of The Summit’s Math club, the National Honor Society and plays on the baseball team. He is also an accomplished skier and violinist. He regularly volunteers at Matthew 25: Ministries, tutors other students in Latin and is a referee for youth basketball at the YMCA.