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Lars Hansen scores 36
May 23, 2019

Culver Academies’ Lars Hansen may become the poster boy for promoting a good night’s sleep.

The Battery A second classman focused on being well-rested when he took the ACT on Saturday, April 20. He had taken the test twice before and had trouble staying awake during the exam, which goes for five hours with the essay portion included. So, he said, sleep was a priority.

The results? A 36 – the highest possible composite score on the ACT. The score is significant enough that ACT sent a letter to Hansen congratulating him. Since he was at Culver, the letter went to his home in Carmel, Indiana. It didn’t take long for his parents to text him a photo after they received it.

“We were all pretty excited,” Hansen said. “I don’t think any of us expected that.”

Here’s a portion of what the ACT letter said: “Only around two-tenths of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2018, just 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.”

How soon after receiving his parents’ text did he update his college resume? “Not long,” he laughed.

Hansen said he had a feeling while he was taking the exam that he was doing better. “There were more things I could answer,” he said. And he finished with enough time to go back through and check his answers. “There were only one or two answers (in the reading portion) that I changed.”

Hansen is leaning toward colleges along the east and west coasts so he can continue sailing. He is a member of the Culver sailing team, lettering this year, and he went to the national qualifying tournament last fall.

He’s still undecided on what he wants to study in college, but his interests are in medicine, law, and engineering. He visited some colleges during the fall and over spring break, he added.

Since 2005, 17 Culver Academies students have scored 36 on the ACT, including Hannah Lao ’19 and Joe Ward ’19.

And, by the way, Hansen is done with testing. “I might take the SAT subject tests,” he said, “but that’s it.”

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