3 Hillcrest High students get perfect ACT scores

Posted at 6:27 AM, Feb 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-10 08:28:52-05

MIDVALE, Utah -- For the first time ever, Hillcrest High School has a new academic record-- three students getting a perfect ACT score in one  year.

The students said there was a friendly competition as they worked to get their high scores, and they're hoping the perfect 36 will open doors for them.

Roughly 1.8 million students take the ACT each year in the U.S., and only about 1,800 get a perfect score.

"I took it the first time and got a 35, and I thought well that's a really good score, I'm really happy with that one," Hillcrest High student Joseph Morrell said. "But then I was just thinking that I could do better, on the off chance I might do better, I really wasn't expecting to get the 36 the second time."

FOX 13's Annie Cutler reported on the big achievement. Watch her full report in the clip above!