June 21, 2022 ~ Olathe North High School juniors Joey Wiltanger and Isobel Li earned the perfect ACT score of 36 earlier this year.
Wiltanger participates in Link Crew, band, jazz band, Science Olympiad, Feminist Club, Math Club, and soccer, all while balancing an internship with the Caricato Research Group at the University of Kansas, which is a theoretical and computational chemistry group, with a focus on molecular quantum mechanics and electronic structure theory.
“It was cool to find out that I got a perfect score because I now have a higher ACT score than my sister,” Wiltanger said. “I had gotten a 35 before, so it was really awesome to finally get past to a 36. Now, I am looking forward to getting involved in more internships as well as get started on applying for colleges.”
Li is a varsity debater, vice president of the Feminist Club, and is in the Distinguished Scholars academy with a focus on science. Outside of school, she also interns with the Caricato Research Group and enjoys photography. Li was happy all her studies paid off.
“Getting a perfect score was surprising. I did a lot of studying in the days leading up to the ACT,” Li said. “I’m now looking forward to a happy but busy senior year where I will hopefully figure out what I want to do in my future.”
Olathe North Principal Jason Herman was proud to hear of the two students’ achievement.
“Congratulations to Joey and Isobel! They have worked hard and prepared and now it has paid off. There is still so much for these two students to do, and we are excited to see what is next,” Herman said. “Also, a shout out to the Olathe district staff. Joe and Isobel’s success is predicated by the work of their teachers from kindergarten all the way to their arrival at Olathe North. Thank you to this community for supporting these amazing kids.”
The ACT exam contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. This score is often submitted in college and scholarship applications. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1% of students taking the ACT earn a top score.