HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One Pine Belt student has reached new heights by scoring a perfect score on the ACT. Abigail Wiest’s mom broke the news to her Thursday while she was at school.
"I was actually called out of my third period class and my mom was crying and I was like, ‘oh no, what happened?,’ Wiest said smiling.
Wiest, a junior, is the first among her classmates to receive a 36 at Sacred Heart High School--- a distinction only one percent of students achieve.
“I sort of didn’t believe it,” she said of the big news. “I thought that it might have been a mistake."
But, when reality finally set in, she couldn’t contain her happiness.
“I was just so excited, because it meant so many more opportunities for me in the future,” Weist said of plans to further her education by attending college.
Abigail’s parents weren’t the only ones overcome with emotions by her feat, her ACT prep instructor, Rick Muli, was as well.
“I have to admit that I actually teared up,” said Muli. “She deserves this, because she’s worked so hard to do this. I’ve watched her practice not only in the classroom, but also on her own.”
Wiest credits her instructors for helping her accomplish a goal that only so few obtain.
“They’ve always been there for me and so have my parents,” she said.
Now, that she has her college entrance exam out of the way, Abigail plans to focus on bigger things ahead.
“I’m going to have a really busy summer doing college tours and stuff like that and lots of essays to write for scholarship applications," she said. "But, I’m actually excited, because, again, it’s really good opportunities.”