Grace Steinmeyer hopes to study mechanical engineering or computer science when she gets to college.
The Rockwood Summit High junior serves as a builder and programmer for a robotics team and has thoroughly enjoyed her STEM classes, such as AP Advanced Physics with Angela Schneider.
“That has always been really fun to me, being able to design machines and parts that can work and can be optimized to do their specific task,” Steinmeyer said. “I like programming. It comes pretty easily to me, the logic and all that.”
Steinmeyer received a perfect composite 36 on her ACT in October, and she is hoping the score boosts her resume when she applies to top-flight schools, as well as expanding her opportunities for scholarships.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Each year, a fraction of 1 percent of the students who take the ACT earn a perfect composite score of 36.
Steinmeyer said she took practice ACTs to prepare for the test and consistently scored in the 35-36 range. Still, it was a very pleasant surprise when she found out about her accomplishment during lunch at Rockwood Summit one day.
“I was really happy and proud,” she said.
Steinmeyer is involved with National Honor Society at Rockwood Summit and serves as a technician for the Falcon Players theater program. Outside of school, she is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
Aside from her main academic fields of interest, Steinmeyer said she has also enjoyed history classes at Rockwood Summit with teachers such as Angela Steele, MaryJo Bauer and Jamie Manker.
“Summit has a lot of great teachers for history,” Steinmeyer said. “They’re really nice and really like teaching.”