Nationwide — Mario Hoover, an African American student from Chicago, is the first to get a perfect score on the ACT Test in his high school’s 42-year history. He is part of the only less than 1% of students who achieve a perfect ACT score across the country.
Mario, who attends Providence-St. Mel School, has a 3.9 GPA and takes four AP classes. He says that he prepared for the ACT test by enrolling in a prep course. He took practice exams and the first time he took it, he got a 29.
Aside from excelling academically, Hoover also enjoys singing as a choir member. He also finds time to do volunteering work at a local hospital and the community Boys and Girls Club.
“I want others to know that they can do the same. I’ve been saying a lot today that we are all capable of more than we think we can do,” he told Fox32 Chicago.