Higley High School senior Brooke Lindsey earned a perfect composite score of the 36 on the ACT college admissions exam she took last year.
During Lindsey’s high school career, she has been actively involved in the Academic Decathlon and has enrolled in several advanced courses.
AP English Literature teacher Yvonne Warner said students in Lindsey’s class always want to work with her because of her excellent insight when it comes to literature.
“Brooke is a stellar student whose work ethic is phenomenal,” Warner said. “She is focused, driven, and can see the end goal way before it presents itself.”
Higley High’s Academic Decathlon team has made it to state finals every year that she has participated.
“The idea of being able to combine many topics is very interesting to me,” Lindsey said. “The Academic Decathlon has definitely been my ‘thing’ in high school.”
Lindsey is applying to several colleges this fall and plans to study biology as an undergraduate and eventually attend law school so she can focus her career in bioethics.
“The ethics of what we can do and how far we can go is very exciting,” Lindsey said.
Academic Decathlon and AP Human Geography teacher Kerri Mathew has been Lindsey’s teacher for all four years of her high school career. Lindsey started her relationship with Matthew during her freshman year in Honors English class.
“Brooke’s future is exciting because of the way she thinks about how different disciplines interact,” Mathew said. “Brooke never ‘phones’ it in. She always seeks to learn something new or make a new connection.”
According to ACT, Inc., the average ACT composite score is 20.8 out of 36 and only one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the assessment receive a perfect score.