Andover student achieves perfect 36 on ACT test

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

When he first saw his ACT score, Tyler Wilson thought that there had been a mistake.

When Tyler Wilson isn’t scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT, he’s scoring on the lacrosse field. Photo submitted
When Tyler Wilson isn’t scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT, he’s scoring on the lacrosse field. Photo submitted

The Andover High School senior, Class of 2018, was “really shocked” when he learned that he had posted a perfect 36 on the test this spring.

Wilson had studied hard before taking the ACT as a sophomore in high school. He was pleased with the 32 he initially scored, so he didn’t study before taking the test a second time the next year.

He was relaxed and didn’t second-guess himself.

Earning a perfect 36 puts Wilson in an elite club. Only approximately 0.1 percent of test-takers achieve such a score.

It will certainly catch admissions officers’ attention when he applies to college.

Favoring math and science classes, Wilson intends to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Wilson’s top two schools are currently Drake University and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

“Both of those have really good pharmacy programs,” Wilson said.

Outside of the classroom, Wilson plays on the high school lacrosse team and coaches youth lacrosse. He enjoys playing disc golf in his spare time, which there isn’t much of because he has always held a job in high school. He currently works for a landscaping company, and he worked at Panera Bread previously.

Wilson’s parents are Scot and Rebecca Wilson, of Andover.

This is the second year in a row an Andover High School student has posted a perfect score. In 2016, Benjamin Johnson, Class of 2017, earned a perfect 36, according to Principal Becky Brodeur.

“I am proud to be principal in a community dedicated to excellence and am confident this won’t be our last perfect score,” she said. “We are proud of Tyler and his accomplishments and look forward to seeing more of his great work.”

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