Waterbury student gets perfect ACT score


   David Robillard has been hitting the books and he’s now in the record books because of it.

   The 16-year-old junior at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury is getting high praise for his high marks — his perfect score — on his ACT college entrance exam. His mother was jumping for joy for when she got the news.

   “I’m just so proud of him,” said Leigh Robillard. “I’ve been on Cloud Nine!”

   For many colleges and universities, ACT scores play a major factor in whether a student scores an acceptance letter. David earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. The ACT National Office says what he did is significant and extremely rare. Less than 1% of all test takers across the country earn the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the Class of 2018, for instance, 3,741 out of 1.9 million students who took the ACT earned David’s score. 

   “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead,” said Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer at the ACT National Office in a letter sent home to David. “ACT scores are accepted by all major U.S. four-year colleges and universities. Test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions.”

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   They also consider classroom performance and grades. Both are outstanding for David, too. He hasn’t missed a day of school yet in his three years at Sacred Heart High and his grades are excellent, too. He’s gotten the top grades in his class in Algebra I, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.

   “I like learning,” he said. “I like learning about new things.”

   David credits his teachers for helping to shape his love of learning and preparing him well for a test like the ACT.

   “I may’ve gotten lucky with some of the questions, but mostly I just knew my stuff,” David said. “I knew the math or I knew the English, the grammar or the science.”

   David’s mom gives high praise to the teachers at Sacred Heart, too. She says they make it feel more like a family than a school where teachers  not only to teach, but also, look out for the students’ well being.

   She also tells News8 doing well on these tests runs in the family.

   “My brother — when he was a student here at Sacred Heart, he had a perfect score on the math section of the SAT,” said Leigh Robillard. “We’ve got good genes. My grandfather was very gifted in math and science and was a mechanical engineer. He worked for a company called LUX Time and designed the original Minute Minder kitchen timer that’s still around today that most people have in their kitchen.”

   David tells News8 he, too, wants to become an engineer.

   “There’s a good amount of math and science stuff in it and that’s what I’m really good at,” David said. “I like creating stuff.”

   The only question he can’t answer right now is where does he plan to go to college? Right now, he’s undecided. 

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