Bullitt East High School junior Hannah Woodson became the first student in Charger Nation’s nearly 40 year history to take the American College Testing (ACT) exam and earn a perfect composite score of 36 when she and fellow classmates took the test March 10th.
“Honestly I still have trouble believing it,” said the 17 year-old daughter of Kim and Troy Woodson.
Hannah was actually with her parents when first opening test results so they were the first to learn the amazing news.
“When we first saw the results, I don’t think any of us believed them,” she said. “I remember my Mom taking the score report and flipping through it to make sure we were reading it right. After we had confirmed that I did indeed get a 36, we got on a Zoom call with my grandparents, sister, and aunt to tell them the news.”
Preparing for testing time, Hannah credited English teacher Leo Craven, Math teacher Kristy Tinelli and fellow student Lukas Kieswetter for valuable guidance.
“The week leading up to the exam, Mr. Craven, helped us to prepare. During much of that week, I focused on math and what it would be like to take that portion online. I also received considerable help in that subject from Mrs. Tinelli during the after-school ACT prep session, as well as one of my classmates, Lukas Kieswetter,” Hannah said.
Tinelli said Hannah is an exceptionally bright student as well as a very hard worker.
“Hannah felt a little uneasy going into the math portion of the ACT since she hasn’t yet taken Pre-calculus,” he teacher explained. “She came to the ACT study sessions and put in a lot of work outside of school. Being on the school’s academic team, she had already been introduced to many upper level math skills, and just needed some extra practice on those types of questions for the ACT. I’m very excited for her future!”
Hannah recalled feeling fairly confident that her score would improve given that this was the first time she ever actually managed to finish each section.
“Well, the most challenging part of taking the test was definitely trying to keep my bangs out of my face long enough to read the questions; but aside from that, math, probably,” she smiled. “I was particularly worried about any calculus that might appear because, while many juniors are currently taking pre-calculus, I opted instead for algebra 3.”
Waiting for the ACT results took less time than it seemed for the family.
“It felt like it took a whole decade but in reality it took a little over a month,” she said.
Hannah’s class schedule features Spanish 3, algebra 3, AP U.S. history, chemistry, women in literature (1st semester)/multicultural literature(2nd semester), AP psychology, and AP English language. She is also in the Beta Club, National Honor Society, academic team and Multicultural Club.
Her future plans include wanting to help people, perhaps as a lawyer.