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      Fifteen Nebraska Senior Recognized for Top ACT and SAT Scores

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      Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed are recognizing 15 Nebraska high school seniors on Wednesday for achieving perfect scores on the ACT or SAT college admission exams.

      There will be two ceremonies held for those students, one at Central High School in Omaha and Lincoln Southwest High School.

      Heineman extended his congratulations to the students saying, "Thisis an incredible accomplishment. These students represent the outstanding youngpeople in our state who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, and I'mconfident they will build upon their academic accomplishments in the yearsahead."

      Breed added his congratulations for the seniors. He said, "College andcareer readiness is a goal Nebraska has set for all high school graduates. Youare a role model. Each of you has reached the top of that goal by receiving thehighest possible score on your college entrance exam. On behalf of the StateBoard of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education, I congratulate youon your outstanding academic achievement. I know your teachers, schools andfamilies are proud of your accomplishments as well."

      The students who received top scores on the ACT and/or SAT include: Preston Fegley of GrandIsland Senior High School; Patrick Fisher of Creighton Preparatory School;Maranda Frey of Lincoln Southwest High School; Thomas Fryklind of ArchbishopBergan High School; Vaishnavi Ganesan of Elkhorn South High School; AlexanderGangwish of Bellevue West High School; Paul Kujawa of Mount Michael BenedictineHigh School; Mackenzie Mikkelsen of Westside High School; Nick Nagengast ofBloomfield High School; Andrew Peterson of Lincoln Southeast High School;Thomas Rasmussen of Lincoln East High School; Bonnie Smith of Northwest HighSchool; Marika Svolos of Central High School; Peter Xu of Millard NorthHigh School; and Nathaniel Wei of Lincoln East High School.

      On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT earns a top score of 36, while only 0.022 percent of students who take the SAT earn the highest possible score of 2400.

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