For Conway High School Junior Matt Sweere, the 7th time was the charm.
On his 7th time taking the ACT, Sweere made a composite score of '36' on the test, giving him the top score on the college entrance exam.
"I think I was just so close...I just needed to get lucky one time. I had made a 35 multiple times," Sweere said.
Sweere had been working on improving his ACT Composite score for the last several months. He worked and studied at home, using a book that came with the ACT Prep Course, and he also took a Prep Course for the PSAT exam. He says his teachers helped him as well.
This last time, as soon as he finished the test, he just had a feeling that something was different.
And he was right.
Sweere says the day the scores came in he was sitting in his AP Government class when he checked his phone and saw 8 text messages all at once. The first one was from his mom, a Conway Public Schools teacher. It simply read "YOU DID IT!!!"
"I was pretty excited. I had a really good week (that) week...because we had just won the Quiz Bowl State Championship."
He hasn't taken too much time to celebrate, though. These next two weeks Sweere will take 7 Advanced Placement exams.
His parents are so proud of their son, even though this milestone comes with a price.
"My Dad has to get me a Dodge Challenger now...." said Sweere, "A Black V8 Hemi."
Sweere is humble about this huge accomplishment, which places him in less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT exam.
He says he has no plans to retake the ACT, although he will take the SAT this fall, hoping to qualify as a National Merit Finalist.
As for his plans after high school, Sweere says he has narrowed it down to four schools, one of them being Arkansas' Harding University.
This Summer he's looking forward to attending Arkansas Governor's School, FBLA Nationals, and Quiz Bowl Nationals.
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