Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Department of Education commissioner, said the state now offers the ACT to all students in 11th Grade instead of a state standardized test.
Speaking at a Capitol ceremony honoring the 22 students, Blomstedt called the ACT the gateway to the state’s future.
“You opened up that gate in a wide way and you had many opportunities yourself, but you actually create opportunities for others who are around you,” he told them. “You actually have concentric circles around you that make other people just as great as you are.”
Less than one-tenth of one percent of Nebraska high school students receive a perfect ACT score.
Blomstedt said they are poised to solve the world’s problems.
“I think we often start kindergarten by asking kids what they want to be when they grow up,” he said. “Really the question we should be asking is what problems are we going to solve in this world, how are we going to address the types of challenges that we face.”
The students’ future college majors include engineering, biology, economics, and computer science.
They will pursue those degrees at such institutions of high education as Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, and Marquette as well as the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Omaha.
“I couldn’t really think of something grander in life than to sit as a parent and look at the successes that your child has done and what you’ve brought into this world and helped raise and be part of,” Blomstedt told parents at the ceremony.
The top scoring ACT students include:
- Lauren Franzen, Elkhorn High School
- Kaitlyn Ryan, Gretna High School
- Jacob Mann, Gretna High School
- Calla Sullivan, Norris High School
- John Brockmeier, Kearney High School
- Jesse Lin, Lincoln East High School
- Emma Jewell, Lincoln East High School
- Ruby Hoffman, Lincoln High School
- Cole Shank, Lincoln High School
- Aaron Haake, Lincoln Southwest High School
- Jae Hyun Lim, Lincoln Southwest High School
- Gregory Hubbard, Lincoln Northeast High School
- Darin Schlautman, Pius X High School
- Vishnu Menon, Millard North High School
- Daniel Fu, Millard North High School
- Victoria Lei, Brownell-Talbot School
- Bennett Wright, Elkhorn South High School
- Joseph Hennessey, Creighton Preparatory School
- Gabriel Drew, Creighton Preparatory School
- Dawson Beutler, Millard West High School
- Jonah Turner, Millard West High School
- Galdino Guzman Navarro, South Sioux City High School
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo report [:36]