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Outstanding student achievement at Auburn


​Rockford Public Schools is celebrating two students and their outstanding achievement with the following announcements:

Auburn Senior Wins National Achievement Scholarship Award
An Auburn High School senior is among approximately 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors to win National Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. National Achievement officials announced today that Jacob Higgins is a National Achievement Scholarship Award winner; the award is $2,500.

Higgins was selected from an initial pool of about 150,000 students who took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. In September, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists. To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, earn above the commensurate score on the SAT and submit an essay. About 1,300 students advanced to the finalist level, and about 800 students received the scholarship award. 

Higgins, a student in Auburn's Renaissance Gifted Academy, listed astrophysics as a career of interest. He is still deciding where to attend college: MIT, University of Chicago or Yale. He was one of two Auburn students to be among the 1,600 seniors who were semifinalists for the award. Senior Justyn Higgins was also a semifinalist for the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship. The National Achievement Awards total more than $2 million. ​

Auburn Junior Earns 'Perfect' 36 on ACT
Auburn High School junior Chen Lin was notified last week he received a 36 on the ACT, the highest possible composite score. A letter from ACT CEO Jon Whitmore states: "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."

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns the top score. Among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2014, only 1,407 out of 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Lin is in Auburn's Renaissance Gifted Academy. Four students in the Academy earned a cumulative 35 on the ACT during Auburn's initial round of ACT testing; another four students earned a cumulative 34.​