Farmington High School senior John McNamara recently scored a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT college entrance exam. He achieved a perfect 36 on each of the English, math, science and reading sections of the exam.
According to the ACT website, fewer than one-twentieth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. A record 1.6 million students nationwide took the ACT last year; of which only 704 scored a 36.
John is the son of Brian and Ann McNamara of Farmington, and the grandson of Arlene McNamara of Farmington. He is a two-year Drum Major in the Farmington High School Black Knight Marching Band and is active in the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, the Theatre Guild, National Honor Society, Math Team, WYSE Academic Team, Scholar Bowl Team, and Boy Scouts.
McNamara is also a National Merit semi-finalist and was elected State Auditor last summer at Boys State of Missouri.
After graduating from high school next May, John plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either mathematics or science.