MHS Junior Scores Perfect on ACT

M​HS Junior ​Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Posted on 05/15/2018
Dalton CravenMason High School junior Dalton Craven ​is in some rare company. Just .136% of all test takers earn that rarest of score - a perfect 36 on the ACT. Yet, this humble problem-solver notes he wasn't setting out to achieve perfection.

"This was the second time I took the ACT," ​explained Craven. "I didn't do any formal prep work​. On the school one [Ohio now offers all juniors the opportunity to take the ACT for free] I got a 34, and I was happy with that. But, I needed to take the writing section for one of my 'reach schools' so that's how I ended up taking the ACT again and getting a 36."

Craven is the fifth MHS student this school year to achieve a perfect ACT. ​During the 2018-19 school year, the district honored Victor Chen​, ​Jenny Hong​, ​Jake Kandell​, and Soumya Jaiswal​ ​who also scored a 36.

"That's what is so ​great about Mason. We have so many academic opportunities, and really smart students. I'm glad I go here because we have so many extracurriculars, [and they can help] guide your academics. We have outstanding teachers - like Dr. Sauer who teaches with the Harkness Method - and it's really student-driven. Jake Kandell [who also earned a perfect ACT] is in my math class and we just all help motivate each other."

At MHS, Craven is the Webmaster and Finance Director of ​the ​Mason Hack Club, and is the Webmaster and an Officer of Mason ACM.​ He is helping organize the summer hack camp that is open to all incoming sixth graders through freshmen. He notes that clubs and activities are very important because they can help you find your passion.

"My sophomore year I was on the Chronicle, and realized that it just wasn't my thing. So, while I started with graphic design I realized what I really wanted to do was web development," says Craven. "Trying things out and finding what you don't want to do can be just as important as finding out what you really like."

This summer, Craven will be participating in a paid internship with Abre - an open source learning management software platform. He also plans to help put together another CincyHacks (a coding marathon where people with an interest in computer programming work on projects for 24 hours straight) for high school students throughout Greater Cincinnati. C​raven hopes ​to study Computer Science in college​.

"Several teachers have been instrumental in my academic success, including Ann Westermann-Schwankhaus, Michelle Bruewer, Greg Kummer, Craig Murnan, and Dr. Jonothan Sauer​. I also loved my ACT classes when I was in elementary school. I loved the problem solving," said Craven.

Dalton is the son of Melissa Craven and Dale Craven.
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