Sam Dowd and Heidi Simpson, seniors at Lee’s Summit North High School, both recently scored a "perfect 36" on the ACT college-entrance exam. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn this top score.
Among ACT-tested United States high school graduates in the class of 2013, only 1,162 out of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36. Within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, just a handful of students have achieved the perfect ACT score over the past few decades.
Both Sam and Heidi were also recently among six R-7 School District seniors named National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists through the national program. National Merit semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarship Awards, worth close to $33 million, to be offered next spring. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists throughout the United States.
Sam Dowd is the son of Lisa Dowd and Tom Dowd. At Lee’s Summit North High School, Sam participates in Eco Club, debate, math club, Youth in Government, Spanish club, Spanish Honor Society, A+ Program and trapmasters.
Heidi Simpson is the daughter of Nora Wineland and Craig Simpson. At Lee’s Summit North High School, Heidi participates in the foreign exchange student program, Spanish club, German club, Spanish National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, National Honor Society, theatre club, book club, Scholar Bowl, Science Knowledge Bowl and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.