Valley Student Achieves Perfect ACT Score
Gabriel L. Mintzer, the son of Michael Mintzer and Alla Mintzer-Zaprudsky of West Des Moines and a junior at Valley High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam.
Mintzer is one of only 14 students statewide to achieve this distinction during the 2014-15 academic year. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
At 22.2, Iowa has the second-highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 21.0. Valley High School’s average composite score exceeds both state and national averages at 24.2. This is based on the scores of all graduating seniors in 2014-15, which is the most recent data.
Mintzer is the co-founder and co-director of the Des Moines Student-to-Student Speaker Series, which provides students with monthly lectures given by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals. Mintzer is a member of the Valley High School science and knowledge bowl teams, and the Central Academy mathematics team. He is also a member of Valley High School’s National Honor Society chapter.