MHS's Volpenhein Aces ACT

MHS's Volpenhein Aces ACT
Posted on 10/31/2018
VolpenheinPractice paid off for Luke Volpenhein.

The Mason High School junior recently scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test. Fewer than 0.2 percent of test-takers earned a perfect score on the college entrance exam in 2018.

Luke had a good score when he took the ACT the first time. But he thought he had a chance to do better.

“Coming in, I knew how important it was to get a good score. My sisters had pretty great scores and I saw the opportunities they had. So, I put in as much work as possible and it paid off,” said Volpenhein.

After taking the ACT during his sophomore year, Volpenhein enrolled in a program with Huntington and took about 15 classes which gave him the opportunity to study and work on practice problems.

He also credits several MHS educators with preparing him well.

“Ms. Nally, Mrs. Hansen, Mrs. Paxton, and Mrs. [Jere] Clark really provided me with the tools that were necessary for my success and have supported me along the way,” Volpenhein said.

Volpenhein’s perfect score has inspired him to expand the list of universities he’s applying to - which include schools out west as well as the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. As a member of the school’s lacrosse team, he is also considering playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.

“I come from a family of engineers, but I’m looking into business or medicine,” shares Volpenhein who is a member of the finance team of the school bank, Comet Savings & Loan.

Volpenhein is a lifeguard at Four Bridges and also participates in SIBS, National Honor Society and is a peer tutor.

He shares this advice with students preparing to take the ACT: “Believe in yourself. I've sometimes been bad at doubting my abilities. Finally, I went in, believed in myself and took care of business.”
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