METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish high school student scores a perfect 36 on the ACT college admissions exam.
Diensn Xing is a junior at Haynes Academy in Metairie. The accomplishment puts Xing in rare company, as less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the test earn a perfect score.
"I was pretty excited," said Xing, who scored a 28 on the ACT when he last took it in seventh grade.
"I was hoping to get a 36. I worked really hard for it. I wasn't sure, because I was actually a little bit sick on the day of the test," he added.
Xing is also very active in the school's academic games and numerous school bands. He's the drum major, treasurer of the student council, and president of Mu Alpha Theta. He's also a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society.
Xing is also ranked first in his class right now.
He says he wants to study medicine in college and is currently looking into Brown University.
In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.