Signal Mountain senior aces the ACT with the highest possible composite score
Posted on 07/25/2018
Jack Poss, senior at Signal Mountain HighRising high school seniors are contemplating college plans and taking college entrance exams to solidify their chance at getting into the school of their choice. Jack Poss, a senior at Signal Mountain High School, is on his way to locking up a spot at his choice university as he posted the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. According to the ACT, only one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earn the top score on the national standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science; each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

Poss is an International Baccalaureate diploma program candidate at Signal Mountain High for the Class of 2019. He is a nominee for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, and the Tar Heels are one of his finalists for a college destination. Poss is also considering Northeastern and Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently undecided on his undergraduate major but would like to pursue an MBA after completing an undergraduate degree.

Signal Mountain High, a part of the new Rock Point Learning Community in Hamilton County Schools, has provided opportunities that have challenged Poss busy during his high school career. He participated in Model UN, Mock Trial, and Youth In Government. He is a member of the National Honor Society, BETA club, Mu Alpha Theta, Leo Club, and he participated in the Duke TIP program. Poss is a well-rounded young man as he has played select soccer for the Chattanooga Football Club and the Signal Mountain High soccer team. He is also a certified soccer referee. During the summers, Poss has worked as a lifeguard at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club, and he is currently working for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The opportunities available for Poss at Signal Mountain Middle/High School and his dedication to excellence are opening doors to tremendous possibilities for his future.