Congratulations Lyons Township High School seniors Marko Kostich of Burr Ridge and Michael Forberg of Western Springs for earning the highest composite score of 36 on the ACT college admission and placement exam. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earns the top score. Nationwide of the Class of 2013 graduates, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT, or the American College Test, is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's score is the average of the four tests. Nearly 60 percent of America's college-bound students as well as all junior students in Illinois take the ACT as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination.
Forberg’s and Kostich’s scores are evidence of their readiness for the academic rigor they will find in college. Kostich is heading into his fourth year of Math Team and Business Professionals of America and into his third year of Scholastic Bowl and the Hall of Fame Committee. He is looking forward to taking a leadership role among his fellow students and the community during National Honor Society activities and events planned this year. Outside of school, he plays for Sports Performance Volleyball Club four days a week and volunteers at the LaGrange Adventist Hospital. Kostich hopes to study pre-med at and play volleyball at Harvard. Forberg is undecided about what he plans to study next fall but is leaning toward either engineering or business at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, or Notre Dame among others. He runs Cross Country, is the captain of the Scholastic Bowl team and is an active member of the Latin Club, LT Community Advisory Council, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, he is a member of Crossroads youth group, Babe Ruth Baseball, a caddy at Edgewood Valley Country Club and he is an Eagle Scout in Troop 117.
Both seniors had taken the ACT once before and scored well, but both were equally surprised when they earned the top score of 36. Forberg said, “By the time the letter from ACT testing arrived, I had forgotten about the test, so when my dad handed me the score report I was initially confused, then delighted.”