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Two LHS Students Score Perfect 36 on ACT

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LAWTON Okla_ Two Lawton High School students are now among the ranks of perfection. Seniors Pryce Michener and Trevor Watts recently found out they each scored perfect 36's on the American College Test, or ACT.

The district tells 7News what makes this achievement even more remarkable is as far as they've been able to determine, there's never been a perfect score from a Lawton student.  This year, there are two from the same school.

Pryce Michener and Trevor Watts said when they opened up their packages from the ACT and read their scores, they could hardly believe what they were seeing. Both said they studied hard for it and it is well deserved.

Pryce Michener and Trevor Watts can't stop smiling, and who could blame them?

"I was surprised," Michener said. "I did not expect that at all. I worked for it, but I was expecting like a 34 or 33, but not a 36."

"I was just really ecstatic to get the score that I was hoping for and definitely didn't expect it," Watts said.

Trevor said this was his second go at the test. What's his secret to success?

"A couple weeks before the test, I started working with some books that you can get," Watts said. "You can get books just about everywhere. I really just kind of focused on the little intricacies of the test."

Michener said the third time was the charm for him. He said a routine he did for several weeks prior to the actual test was the key.

"I worked with one of the teachers here," Michener said. "He was my tutor, and I worked with him an hour a week. I just did test after test preparing."

Lawton High teacher Steve Jackson is Michener's tutor. Jackson said he also worked some with Watts on prepping for the exam.

"It makes me feel really good that they did so well," Jackson said. "They both worked really hard."

Michener and Watts say this is their last time taking the test, now that they've achieved perfection. As for other students looking to match their feat, they have a message.

"Just keep working on those prep books," Michener said.

"I made sure to take it here at my school, rather than somewhere I'd be unfamiliar," Watts said. "It's really important to be comfortable with your surroundings, so you can devote all your attention to the test."

Michener and Watts are lifelong friends who both went to Whittier Elementary School. Although they both attend Lawton High now, they plan to attend different colleges. Michener is still undecided, while Watts is looking to attend the University of Oklahoma.

So far, no other schools in southwest Oklahoma have mentioned any of their students achieving a perfect score. An ACT official told 7News the graduating class of 2012 had 781 students across the country achieve a perfect 36. That's out of the 1.6 million students to take the exam.




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