Avon High School student pulls off perfect ACT score


AVON – One of the oldest known statues in Switzerland depicts a man eating babies. No one knows why it’s there. Drew Horton collects random facts. This is one of his favorites.

The 17-year-old Avon High School senior recently scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college admission test, a feat his sister Cassandra pulled off two years earlier. Getting a perfect score is a 0.1 percent likelihood.

“Hard work paid off,” said Horton, who attributed his success to dedicated preparation and practice tests.

Avon High School Principal Kristina Buller couldn’t recall a time in her 23-year career when a student achieved a perfect ACT score before Casandra. Now that Horton has his own perfect score under his belt, and administrators have taken notice.

Avon Superintendent Mike Laub said these achievements remind educators of the potential that exists in students, and the opportunity the district has to help them realize that potential.  

“Drew should be proud​,” said Laub. “Our district is certainly proud.”

Horton is planning on studying chemical engineering in college. In particular, he has an interest in pharmaceutical engineering. He said his parents, Steve and Martha Horton, are both chemical engineers, as was his grandfather. His mother is a chemistry teacher at Brookside High School in Sheffield Lake, and his father is a chemical engineer at PolyOne Corp. in Avon Lake.  

The ACT consists of four tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each test scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The composite score is the average of the four test scores.  

Last year, only 2,235 of the more than 2.1 million students earned an ACT composite score of 36. ACT stats also show that in Ohio, the average ACT Composite score in 2017 was 22, while the national score was 21.

Horton’s GPA is a 4.2.

He’s also a member of the high school’s book club, National Honor Society and Junior Statesmen of America. He’ s also taken a combined 10 Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus courses in high school. In addition, he’s earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Researchers recently found several 20,000-year-old footprints, including a set from one the fastest humans who ever lived. Scientists clocked the ancient steps at 23 miles-per-hour.

There’s more to this random fact that Horton relayed, fascinated.

Preparing for the ACT, he said, taught him a lot, but “one of the most important things to take away from it is the value of hard work and time-management”



Drew Horton. Photo courtesy of Avon Local School District

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