Senior Maria Luiso, Indian Hill, known at The Summit for her singing voice, further distinguished herself with a perfect score on the ACT exam.
A rare accomplishment, only .2 percent of all students who take the test nationwide achieve 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 how prepared students are for college.
"A score of a 36 is indeed a rare feat, and by scoring this high she will be competitive at any highly selective college,” said Dr. Nick Accrocco, Director of College Counseling at The Summit. “Her performance on the ACT shows that she has been well prepared by The Summit faculty for college success.”
Maria joined The Summit as a sophomore after freshman year in Los Angeles where she had been cast in two high school musicals and performed with an international touring choir. At The Summit, she immediately joined the theater program, where she was cast in the lead of Maria in the Sound of Music. She also took a leadership role in the Middle School production of Beauty and the Beast, helping with vocal coaching and choreography and has been a featured soloist in Camerata, Summit’s Upper School choir. In addition to The Summit stage, she joined the cast at all-boys St. Xavier High School to take the role of Kate in Legally Blonde. And she was the Cincinnati Overture Awards vocal music semifinalist earlier this year.
Maria challenged herself to become a Silver Knight cross country runner. Her grit and hard work made her a regional qualifier in Cross country and she is team co-captain this year. She also qualified for regionals in Track and Field.
Giving back to the community, Maria joined other Summit students on an Appalachian mission trip and helps the homeless through Our Daily Bread.
Maria is the fourth Summit student in the past year to achieve a perfect score. Seniors Matthew Warden, Loveland; Maliah Bricking, Sharonville; and Ryan Burns, Anderson Township also had perfect scores.
“The number of students who have earned a perfect score on the ACT certainly indicates that these seniors are well prepared for college due to the rigor of our curriculum and the personal attention each student receives,” says Head of School Rich Wilson.
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