If one were to Google ACT scores, one would find only about 1% of students nationwide who take this standardized test score as high as a 34 or 35 out of a possible 36.
However, that percentage drops dramatically when one looks for the number of students having made a perfect score, as only 0.195% of students get a 36. But Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Buckhead can claim another one from just the past 10 months.
Senior William Arnold, son of John and Angela Arnold of Midtown, took the test for the first time last month and recently received word he had made a perfect score. He joins fellow senior Manuel “Manny” Yepes Jr., who got a perfect ACT score in December as a junior.
Although Arnold, who has a 4.37 weighted GPA at school, was pleasantly surprised to have aced the test, he credited his own hard work in preparing for it as the reason.
“I took two mock ACT tests as part of my month-long preparation time for the test, which occurred in and outside a classroom setting,” said the 18-year-old. “I don’t think there is any real secret to doing well on the ACT, as it takes hard work and dedication.”
Arnold has applied to a number of colleges, with the main three being Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. He said he will likely choose math, biology or pre-med as his college major.
Having attended Holy Spirit Prep since the second grade, Arnold said he has always tried to develop what he termed a “passion for anything I do, in or outside of academics.”
“If you aim to do your best at anything you are doing, then you will do better in it rather than just giving up and laying it aside,” he said.
Dave Rosenzweig, the school’s assistant principal for students and its 11th-grade dean, said Holy Spirit is “incredibly proud of William for his achievements.”
“However, his teachers are even more impressed by his intellectual and academic curiosities, which have driven him to accomplish feats most high school students have never done,” he said.
Arnold’s accomplishments reflect his passion for excelling in athletics as well as academics.
From an athletic standpoint, as a member of the school’s varsity swim team, he helped it capture the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) championship this year in the sport. He placed second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and third in the 100-meter butterfly.
As a member of the school’s varsity golf team, last season Arnold not only helped it qualify for state but also received all-region honors with the fourth-best score at the region tournament.
In addition to athletics, Arnold also takes part in numerous extracurricular activities. In addition to being an alter server in his parish, he participates with his sister in Action Ministries’ summer Smart Lunch, Smart Kids program where they deliver lunches to children under 18.
Arnold is also Holy Spirit’s Head Boy, one of two senior leadership posts that position him as an ambassador for the school.