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Jack Gallagher, One of Eight LTHS Students to Earn Perfect ACT Score This Year

The 17-year-old incoming senior said he didn't prepare for the exam—he looks at it more as a puzzle to be solved.

Jack Gallagher scored 36, a perfect score, on his first attempt at the ACT, a college entrance exam administered in all 50 states, consisting of 215 questions on the subjects of English, math, science and reading.

He's one of eight fellow students at 100 S. Brainard Ave.,  to achieve the flawless results in spring 2010, a spokesperson for the high school said.

In 2009, less than one-tenth of one percent of the 1.4 million students who took the ACT scored 36, according to the ACT official Website.

But Gallagher said he didn't really study at all beforehand, although his mother had encouraged him to enroll in an exam prep class.

"It's like a big puzzle," the incoming senior said about the largely multiple-choice test. "You just figure out which one is the right answer."

Gallahger, a La Grange resident who is considering applying to the University of Chicago to study economics, has been showered with praise as more and more family and friends find out about his achievement.

"Everyone else seems more excited than I am," said the laid-back Gallagher, an avid trumpet player who spent a week this summer at a jazz camp at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since freshman year, he has played trumpet in the high school marching band; he has also spent two years in the concert band and one year in the jazz ensemble. When he's not playing trumpet, Gallagher said he likes games of all kinds—video, board and card.

Seven other Lyons Township High School students produced perfect ACT scores in spring 2010—five have contacted La Grange Patch and have appeared  in articles. Three have not contacted La Grange Patch, and the school has not released their names.

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