Erin Rockstroh and Emma Statt are both Mason High School students who plan to pursue neuroscience in college. And, the two seniors now have something else in common — perfect ACT scores to put the “cherry on top” of their high school careers.
Rockstroh and Statt scored the coveted 36 in September. It was Statt’s first attempt and Rockstroh’s fourth time taking the test. Earlier this year, MHS junior Anamika Shah also scored a perfect ACT.
"I’ve always been a pretty good test-taker," said Statt. “I was surprised though - since I woke up really late and really scrambled to [take the test] - but maybe that helped since I didn’t have time to think about it too much.”
Statt didn’t take any ACT prep classes, but felt like her MHS classes prepared her well. “Mr. King’s English class really gave me a good idea of what the ACT would be like, especially the timed writing parts.”
Although she prepared meticulously, Rockstroh said she, too, was surprised when she learned of her perfect score. "I was checking constantly - I kept hitting refresh, and then when I was sitting in photography I was like ‘did I read that right?'"
Both girls hope to someday work in the medical field, and plan to pursue neuroscience in college. A four-year MHS softball player, Rockstroh has committed to play softball at Cornell. Statt, a National Merit Commended Scholar, hopes to attend Johns Hopkins.
Rockstroh is most proud of her volunteerism with the Mason Challenger League, a local youth baseball league for boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges. “[That] had the most profound impact on me - working with people who view things differently and learning how to teach something that I love,” she explained about her efforts planning winter clinics and coaching.
Statt is a thrower for MHS’s track and field team, and loved the opportunities she found with MHS’s Med Club. “It gave me the opportunity to make connections in the medical field.”
MHS Interim Principal Dave Hyatt congratulated the girls on their rare accomplishment. "We are extremely proud of Erin and Emma," Hyatt said. "They are well-rounded student leaders who make their high school and community proud. We can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish in the future."
While the actual number of students attaining perfect ACT scores changes each year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test nationally earn the perfect composite score of 36.