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March 15, 2018

Rebekah Stowe is in elite company. The Eastside High School junior achieved a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. According to the ACT, on average, only around one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a perfect composite score of 36.

Stowe was getting her car serviced when she decided to log online and check her scores on the ACT website. That’s when she realized she made a perfect score.

“I was really happy,” she said. “But at the same time I thought it was crazy. I couldn’t believe it.”

Stowe, the daughter of Lynn Malcom and Matthew Stowe, is no stranger to the ACT. She has taken it four times since the seventh grade. As a participant in the Duke Talent Identification Program, she earned both state and grand recognition for her extremely high scores on the college entrance exam as a seventh-grader.

Being familiar with the exam obviously helped her achieve the perfect score this year. And Stowe said the ACT/SAT prep class at Eastside High School she is currently enrolled in also paid big dividends in her preparation for the national college entrance exam. So too have her numerous AP classes. While at Eastside she has taken AP Latin, Calculus, Language and Composition, U.S. History, Statistics, and World History. Despite the heavy workload and rigorous classes, Stowe currently maintains a grade point average of 101.4. And she somehow still makes time for several extracurricular activities, including the math team, Eco-Eagles Club, No Place for Hate club, and the Junior Classical League. She even serves as an Eastside Ambassador.

With her perfect ACT score and superb grade point average, college is definitely in her future. And although she’s only a junior, Stowe already has that future mapped out. Her goal is to attend Boston University for her undergraduate work and the University of Tennessee for graduate school with plans to ultimately pursue a career as a forensic anthropologist.

“Rebekah is an extraordinary young lady,” said Jeff Cher, principal of Eastside High School. “She is talented, kind, and of course extremely intelligent.  While at Eastside, she has been diligent in her academic preparations and generous in her service to others.”

“The sky is the limit for Rebekah,” added Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County Schools. “To achieve a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is an outstanding accomplishment. And Rebekah backs that up with extremely high grades in her very rigorous, collegiate-level courses. I am extremely proud of her and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this very talented and intelligent young lady.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis, director of public relations for Newton County Schools, at