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Lincoln-Way Students Ace the ACT Test & District Scores Rise
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Over the past three years, Lincoln-Way High School District 210 students have continued to excel on the states ACT test, giving the district the highest composite score to date. This past year, three students earned a perfect 36 on the test.

The districts composite ACT score grew to 22.8 among Lincoln-Way High Schools 2015 graduating seniors, up from 22.5 in in 2013. The state average is 20.7.

The three Lincoln-Way students who earned a perfect 36 this past Spring include East sophomore Sabrina Corsetti and West seniors Dario Panici and Julia Monti.

Corsetti earned the perfect 36 as a freshman. She said although she prepared for the test, she was shocked to get the news.

My family was waiting at the end of the driveway with big balloons that said 36, but it didnt sink in at first, Corsetti said. I screamed when my mom told me; I was so excited.

During her remaining high school years, Corsetti plans to take as many Advanced Placement courses as possible to earn college credit. She is also involved in Mathletes, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and Chess Club.

After high school, Corsetti hopes to study engineering or physics.

I would love to get into prosthetics, bionic eyes, or cochlear implants, something where I can change peoples lives, she said.

Monti said she counts her perfect 36 as a blessing and said she has always been good at standardized testing.

Monti is an executive of Wests Science Club, Captain of Scholastic Bowl, and is part of the Mathletes team that qualified for state three years in a row. She also competed at state in Badminton.

I plan to study Industrial Engineering and possibly minor in Economics, Monti said. I want to go into a career with a business focus.

Panici said his coursework at West helped prepare him for the ACT, including weekly ACT passages in English and Science and West Test Day.

His first reaction to earning a 36, Panici said, was that he was happy he scored higher than his older brother.

Panici is President of Wests Mathletes team and also competed at state all three years; He also is a member of the Warrior Way leadership program, plays soccer and runs track.

I have high expectations for myself, Panici said. I want to do everything I can to set myself up for success in the future.

Among the graduating senior ACT scores, Lincoln-Way students also showed three-year increases in key areas including 22.8 in English up from 22.5 in 2013; 23.1 in Reading up from 22.3 in 2013 and 22.6 in Science up from 22.4 in 2013.

Our teachers have taken a very aggressive approach to ensuring Lincoln-Way curriculum is aligned to prepare students for the ACT, said Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley.

Over the next several years, the ACT will demand students demonstrate problem-solving skills, said Tingley. Lincoln-Way students are ready and prepared for the increased rigor of the ACT.