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Lombard student Schiewe scores perfect 36 on ACT

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 12:31 p.m. CST
Dana Schiewe, 16 of Lombard, will be a senior at Glenbard East High School this fall. In the spring, she earned the perfect score of a 36 on her ACT exam. Sarah Small - ssmall@shawmedia.com

LOMBARD – When Dana Schiewe’s ACT results arrived, she gave it two thumbs up, and her mother screamed at the perfect 36.

Two thumbs up is about as exuberant as Schiewe gets about anything other than beating her record score in the computer game Tetris, said the 16-year-old from Lombard.

“I had a pretty good idea that I would come in at the high 30s,” she said. “My mom was more excited than I was.”

This fall, Schiewe will be a senior at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, where she will be busy with several activities including theater crew, speech team, math team scholastic bowl, Anime Club, National Honor Society and more.

Schiewe said she didn’t do a whole lot of preparation before taking the ACT, aside from answering a standardized test question that came to her email every day.

“I just went in and filled out some bubbles,” she said.

The attention she has gotten because of her ACT score has been slightly embarrassing, she said, but she got a lot of high-fives from well-wishers at school.

According to statistics from the ACT organization, 781 students of the 1.6 million who take the ACT each year earn a 36.

This summer, Schiewe is keeping busy by volunteering at the library, hanging out with friends and going on a church mission trip to Pennsylvania with Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard. She also is looking for a job and dreading the summer homework required for the Advanced Placement classes she will take in the fall.

She said she is looking forward to being a senior in the fall and is starting to think about where she will attend college. Right now, she’s interested in the University of Illinois, where her brother goes, the University of Michigan and Reed College in Portland.

After college, she wants to become a history teacher or work as a counselor or therapist.

“I really like history,” she said. “I just want to be able to do a job where I can help people.”

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