NICOLET - Nicolet High School had six students score a perfect ACT score. The seniors have always been good test takers, and didn’t have any secrets to their success.
Twin sisters Rachel and Alex say there's one thing that motivates them when it comes to taking tests.
"We’ve always been very competitive with each other,” laughs Alex Heuer. “And that is probably the reason we're so academically successful."
Alex was the first to get her ACT score online.
"She’s like, hey! Guess what?” remembers her sister, Rachel. “I got a 36! And so I think, oh great. Now I have to do just as well in order to keep my familial standing."
Rachel kept that status when she, too, got a perfect score.
This achievement is very rare. On average, less than 1/10th of 1% of all test takers earn a perfect score of 36.
Two of the six students who also got top scores have already graduated. Most of the seniors tell me they've never stressed out over big tests.
"I basically rolled out of bed and got a cup of coffee and took the test," remarked Senior Sam Vuchetich.
But another senior admitted he rushed through a section and wasn't feeling too confident.
"I was a little nervous actually, and thought I’d have to take it again," explained Senior Benjamin Lawton.
The students have even higher college goals - to study science - some at MIT, some at Brown.
"Don’t let them fool you,” notes Principal Greg Kabara. “They're very gifted students. These are very bright students who've worked very hard."
About seven students earned a 35 on their ACT. They’re planning on taking the test again to see if next time, they can earn a perfect score.