Seniors Rachel Bui and Phuong Duong are good friends at Abbeville High School. They told each other they each made a 35 on the ACT and both are going to LSU next semester.
35: Two Abbeville High seniors just missed getting perfect ACT score by one point
Rachel Bui and Phuong Duong are two Abbeville High School Seniors who missed making a perfect score on the ACT by one point.
Both made 35s.
A 36 is a perfect ACT score. Out of the 1.8 million students who take the test each year, only 3,700 make a perfect score.
The number increases to 15,000 students, who made 35s. That is less than one percent.
Despite the great accomplishment by Bui and Duong, few of their friends even know they made 35s.
Abbeville High Principal Dr. Janet Guerrini, in her first year at AHS, recently learned of their accomplishments.
“This is a great thing for Abbeville High,” said Dr. Guerrini. “Abbeville High has a lot of hidden talents, and these are two outstanding students.”
They both plan to attend LSU after graduation.
Duong began taking the ACT when he was a seventh-grader. He scored a 14 as a seventh-grader. He took the test another seven times.
The summer before his sophomore year, he scored a 24. He took the test again during his sophomore year, and his score jumped nine numbers to a 33.
“I have no clue what happened,” said Duong in why his score jumped. “I did not do anything different.”
After making a 33, he scored another 33, then a 34 and finally a 35. He shut it down after hitting a 35.
“I was satisfied with the 35,” he said.
He made a 36 in English, Math, and Science. His 30 in reading prevented him from reaching a 36.
His nearly perfect ACT score will get his tuition paid at LSU but he still has to pay for his room and board. He will major in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science.
Bui only took the ACT half the number of times that Duong took the test. She took the test four times. Bui made a 28 and a 33 her sophomore year. She scored a 35 as a junior and a 33 this year.
She made a 36 in Math, 34 in Reading, 35 in Science and 33 in English.
“I was surprised with a 35,” said Bui, who has a 4.0 GPA. “I did not retake the test because I was satisfied.”
Her favorite subject is science, and she plans to major in biochemistry at LSU.
Bui’s twin brother Danny scored a 33 on his ACT.
“These two students are humbled,” said Dr. Guerrini. “They are two students who are not going to brag about their scores. They are going to come to school, take care of their business and go home.
“It is my job to brag to the world about the students from Abbeville High. We have great kids here.”