Two FHSD Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

Posted on 05/03/2017
Two FHSD Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that two more FHSD students have scored a 36 on the ACT test. Alex Juan from Francis Howell Central (FHC) and Stephanie Monson from Francis Howell North (FHN) are both part of a very select group. Only 0.6% of the almost two million students that take the ACT every year are able to achieve a perfect score. 

Alex Juan is a junior at FHC, has a 4.6 GPA, and is currently taking five Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He attributes at least part of his test success… to a lack of stress. “Like any other test, you walk in, take the test, and hope it goes well. It’s just a normal test. It wasn’t very intimidating for me… well maybe the first time I took it, but my parents prepared me well. I took a fair number of practice ACT tests in middle school, so the day I took it, I wasn’t very stressed.” 

When he’s not in the classroom, Juan spends most of his time running. “I run track and cross country, I’ve been doing so my entire high school career, it’s something I developed a passion for in middle school and it’s continued. It’s something I like doing, and it takes up most of my time outside of school.” And when he’s not running on dry land, he’s thinking about the water. “I visited Stanford over spring break, that was a great place! I would love to go there if they’ll have me. Any college close to water with a good biology program. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a marine biologist.”  

“Alex is a dynamic young man that has unlimited potential,” said FHC Principal Dr. Sonny Arnel, who looks forward to seeing what he will accomplish. “His demeanor and approach create a confident, calm approach to learning that is fun to witness and I look forward to watching him grow and develop. I am excited about his future at FHC and as a member of society. I expect wonderful accomplishments from him his entire life!”  

Stephanie Monson is currently ranked first in her class, and has a 4.77 GPA. Only a sophomore, she is involved in band, French Club, Knights of Excellence, and was just accepted into the National Honor Society. Not surprisingly, she was recruited to help the Scholar Bowl Team this year as well. She scored her perfect 36 on the ACT… wait for it… on her first try. “I did the Princeton Review preparation books, it wasn’t too bad. When you’re preparing, just be very meticulous. If you miss something, just go back and make sure you understand it so you don’t make that mistake again.”  

Monson has been a competitive skater since she was 11, and skates for the St. Peters Figure Skating Association and Synchro St. Louis Diamond Edges, and travels around the country for different competitions. She says the skills she has learned on the ice have translated well to the classroom. “I definitely think that figure skating teaches you discipline and hard work. Learning a skill, practicing, and time management. I think that helps when taking advanced classes.”  

As a sixth grader, she took high school geometry, and has already taken the most advanced math classes offered at the high school level. No problem, Monson took Calculus III this year as a dual enrollment course at Lindenwood University. “Stephanie is an amazing student,” said FHN Principal Andy Downs. “She is just completing her sophomore year at North. As a freshman, Stephanie took our very highest math class. I cannot wait to see all the great things she does!”  

Earlier this school year, David Yang of FHHS and Kayleigh Ammond of FHC also scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.


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