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CR Senior Scores Perfect ACT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The state's top high school is teaching some of the nation's top talent.

At Washington High School, one senior scored big on a standardized test. It's hard to be perfect in improv comedy.

Eli Wolter just focuses on having a good time mostly.

"We're just running skits," Eli said.

Even still, Eli's improv troupe had a perfect year last year, winning first in state.

He's also president of both the National Honor Society and the drama club at Washington.

"A lot of stuff with drama and speech club. Then, I play trombone in jazz band, concert band and marching band," Eli said.

And there's more.

"He's been in Boy Scouts for a long time, and he's recently an Eagle Scout, so that's kind of cool," his mom Margaret Wolter said.

"I write poetry and perform it. It's voice-box poetry," Eli said.

"I'm blessed with three really smart kids," Margaret said.

Smart indeed. One sure way to be perfect in school is to ace a test. But it's a whole other thing to ace the ACT.

"It's exciting. I was as surprised as everyone else," Eli said.

Eli scored a 36. The odds of getting that are less than one tenth of a percent.

"I was thinking I would get in the 30s. It was never, 'I'm going to get a 36'. I don't think anyone plans on doing that," he said.

Despite the perfect score, Margaret said it's just a test.

"I'm pretty normal," Eli said.

And she's more proud to see that he's well-rounded and enjoys life.

"Your child is special if they don't get a 36. They're good at something else," Margaret said.

Margaret said they almost didn't tell Eli's older sister about the perfect score, because she had scored a 35.

Eli said he'll finish this year strong, and then, he'll apply to colleges like the University of Chicago, Columbia University and Brown University.
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