Burnsville High School junior aces the ACT in first attempt

Burnsville High School junior Will Trussell has earned quite the distinction for himself. He received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, an accomplishment that less than 0.1 percent of students nationwide obtain.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam consisting of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of the four test scores.

What’s even more astonishing is that Will took the test just one time and didn’t really prepare for it.

Students create club to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers

Someday they’d like to be scientists, computer programmers, engineers or mathematicians, but now they’re female students at Burnsville High School and they’ve started a new club to encourage and support girls interested in STEM careers.

The Women in STEM club began last spring when senior Emily Reynolds realized the need for a club for girls who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She knows that women are under-represented in STEM jobs and she wants to change that dynamic.