Two Lindbergh High students earn perfect ACT scores

Ben Ledeaux

Ben Ledeaux

Two Lindbergh High School students have earned a top composite score of 36 on their recent ACT tests.

Senior Ben Ledeaux and freshman Rounak Bera both earned the highest possible score on the test, joining less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT nationwide, according to a district news release.

In addition, seniors who graduated LHS in 2013 earned achieved an average composite score of 24.0, a full point higher than 2012, according to the 2013 ACT College Readiness Letter. The school’s 24.0 average compares with a state average of 21.6. Class of 2013 graduate Tiffany Lee earned a perfect score on the ACT in 2012.

“These results are another piece of evidence showing that our students are well prepared for college when they graduate from LHS,” Principal Andy Croley stated in the release. Ninety-three percent of LHS’ 484 graduates planned to attend college this fall.

Ben, 16, and Rounak, 13, are both in Lindbergh’s Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students. Both young men said they were surprised when they learned that they answered every question correctly.

“I was hoping for a 35, but wasn’t sure I’d get it,” Ben stated in the release. “I was surprised.”

As a younger student, Rounak said he took the test primarily for practice.

“For good practice, there is no substitute for the real test,” he stated in the release. “But I plan to take it again when I get older.”

Ben plays synth in Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band and percussion in symphonic band, and is a member of Science Olympiad, National Honor Society and the LHS tennis team.

Rounak plays cello in the orchestra at LHS, and last year at Sperreng Middle School he participated in the Science Olympiad and the International Science Bowl.

Nationwide among test-takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million earned a composite score of 36.

“This is an amazing achievement and we are extremely proud of both of these young men,” Croley stated.