Missouri Twin Brothers Ace ACT Exam

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Twin brothers at a high school in St. Louis, Missouri, have achieved something incredible that will help them on their educational journey.

Eric and Samuel Lipsutz, juniors at North High School, both scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam when they took it in April, Parkway Schools announced on Friday.

The district also shared the brothers’ future plans:

Eric is considering Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as his top university choices. He is interested in studying mathematics and computer science and aims to work in software engineering. In his leisure time, Eric enjoys running or walking, reading/making puns, playing chess, exploring Wikipedia rabbit holes, and breaking parallel syntax. … Samuel’s top choice is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he is looking to study computer science. His areas of interest currently include computational linguistics and AI alignment. Samuel envisions a career as a software engineer. He also spends his free time modding (creating programs to add features to a game) and has developed a strong interest in chess, thanks to his academic lab teacher, Mr. Stiller.

According to the Princeton Review, many colleges require students to submit ACT scores as part of the admissions process.

“The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants,” the article said.

In 2011, another pair of twin brothers also each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, and one of them felt the test was not a big deal, according to WXYZ-TV:

In its announcement Friday, Parkway Schools noted, “About one-quarter of 1% of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2023, only 2,542 out of 1.39 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.”

Amy Furr
Amy Furr
Pre-Viral Reporter. Amy covers human interest, politics, crime, health, faith, history, wildlife, and service journalism. Previously, she was a tutor at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX and a freelance writer for Townhall Media.

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