Monroe, LA — When asked how he thought he did the last time he took the ACT, 16-year-old Darius Washington did not seem very confident, but he was in for a pleasant surprise.
Around midnight on Monday, Darius checked his results and found out that he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, which is rare.
His parents, Marish and Sonia Washington, couldn’t be more proud, he said. His mother and aunt posted the news on social media.
His parents’ enthusiasm is shared by his classmates, who are also excited about his accomplishment.
“We are not surprised, but we are very proud,” Neville Assistant Principal Whitney Martin.
This wasn’t the first time Washington had taken the test, he said, so he had an idea of what was to come. His recommendation to other students is to not stress too much over the exam because that will drain them before they take the test.
“Manage your time wisely because if you run out of time that directly affects your score. If you don’t get to questions, then you can’t answer them,” he said.
His plans after high school include attending the University of Louisiana, Monroe, and major in computer science. The whiz kid said he wants to stay close to home and work with CenturyLink or IBM, although Dallas is also on his list, since it’s the closest large city.
Washington is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and is expected to graduate early. He’s enrolled in honors classes and is part of the National Honor Society as well as the quiz bowl team, which recently worked their way up to nationals in Chicago. In his spare time, Washington said he likes to relax and watch a lot of Netflix.