Every year, almost 2 million students take the ACT exam. Of those students, only .334% will earn a perfect score of 36. This year, current Perry High School junior, Ethan Hicks, is one of the proud few students to have achieved that accomplishment.
“In my 10 years of knowing Ethan, his personality and enthusiasm to learn, serve, and solve issues has been inspiring,” said Perry Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Betty Jo Malchesky. “His aptitude and work ethic will help him achieve any goal he sets his sights on.”
While Ethan obviously excels in the classroom and is a member of the Science Olympiad and Academic Decathlon teams, he also participates in several extracurricular activities, including golf, wrestling, and varsity tennis. He can be seen as a commentator on several of Perry’s live stream sports broadcasts, is vice president of the junior class student council, and president of the United Way Club where he recently headed the pirates pedal program, which loaned bikes to students and staff free of charge.
“I got my score report back the week after the District Wrestling Tournament,” said Ethan. “I was helping a few of my buddies prepare for the State Tournament and was feeling a little bummed that I didn't make it too. I read my score report as I was walking out of the wrestling room with a couple of my drill partners. It was a cool moment to share with them.”
“Through his hard work and dedication to excellence, Ethan continues to achieve at a high level,” said Perry High School Principal, Todd Porcello, “He is an intelligent and insightful person who is involved in many activities and looks for leadership roles in a variety of activities. We are fortunate to have Ethan as a student at Perry High School and look forward to the exceptional contributions he will make in his remaining time at PHS and beyond.”
During his senior year, Ethan plans on attending Case Western University as a Pre-College Scholar and, upon graduation, hopes to attend an Ivy League University. This summer, he looks forward to spending time with his grandfather as they go on cross country tandem bicycle trips.
“I would like to thank my parents and my teachers for all the help and support they have given to me throughout my academic career. I would particularly like to thank Mr. Dixon, Mrs. Stavar, and Mr. Stavar for always answering any ACT questions I had.”