Rufus King International School student Zhenrui Liao earned the highest possible score on the ACT college admission and placement exam.
It’s a rare feat. Last school year, just 704 of the 1.6 million students who took the test received a 36.
One of them was Liao’s elder classmate, Rufus King senior Ahmee Marshall-Christensen.
Ahmee is set to head to Harvard University in the fall. Both students are involved in the full International Baccalaureate curriculum at Rufus King. The rigorous IB program, also offered at other MPS schools including Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, was developed for the children of diplomats.
“My family and teachers did a great job of preparing me,” Marshall-Christensen said. His mother, Sandra Christensen said her son “worked incredibly hard. He’s bright but he’s also worked very hard. The IB program puts you through your paces.”
Zhenrui said he hopes to head to an Ivy League school as well – or perhaps Duke University or the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
“I’ve always loved to read. I’ve always loved to do math. I’ve always been very interested in science,” he said. Zhenrui said he attributes his achievement in part to family and teachers for “fostering a love of learning.”