The Lindbergh School District reports in a news release that Lindbergh High School senior Tiffany Lee has scored a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT college entrance exam. According to the ACT website, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36.
Tiffany, 16, daughter of Frank and Elaine Lee, of Sunset Hills, is enrolled in Lindbergh’s Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students (PEGS). Although she scored a 35 on the test in 2010 and had taken practice tests to prepare for this year’s exam, Tiffany said she was surprised when she saw her flawless score on the ACT website this June.
“I started screaming,” she said. “It was exciting!”
The International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate takes several accelerated courses and carries a GPA of 4.774. In addition to her academic achievements, Tiffany is co-president of the Math Club; participates in National Honor Society, Link Crew, Science Olympiad and DECA; and is a section leader for clarinets in the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band. She is also the founder and president of the LHS UNICEF Club, which recently raised more than $1,000 to help build a well in Africa.
In a letter recognizing her exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
Tiffany is interested in studying research medicine and plans to apply at Stanford, California Tech and Northwestern universities. This summer, she had the opportunity to work in a lab alongside two Washington University physicians as part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program. Tiffany also has created www.Health4Teen.com, a website that provides helpful health information to teenagers.
She thanks her teachers at Lindbergh High School for offering challenging courses that have prepared her well for college.
“I love my classes here; the teachers are great,” Tiffany said. “My AP classes are challenging enough that I can really push myself.”