Scott Ledyard

Arcadia High junior Scott Ledyard earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT test, a feat achieved by only 0.195% of those that took the assessment in 2018. Many of his teachers from throughout his academic career joined to celebrate his accomplishment. 

From Pre-K to junior year, Scott Ledyard’s educators watched him grow into the talented, hardworking person he is today. And every one of them came together to congratulate him for his latest accomplishment: a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 

The ACT assessment, which is a curriculum-based test used for college admissions, consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. 

In 2018, the ACT national average score earned by high schoolers was 20.9. The average score in Arizona was 19.2. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. 

That equates to only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million students who took the ACT in 2018 earning the perfect score. 

“I was excited and relieved that I had done so well,” Scott said. 

Scott has lived in Arcadia since he was little. Growing up, he attended Hopi, Ingleside and now Arcadia High, where he will graduate next year. In the future, Scott plans on going to a four-year college to possibly study engineering. 

Scott keeps a pretty busy schedule. When he isn’t attending AP classes, practicing Spanish, or studying Trig/Pre-Calc Honors and Biotechnology, you can find him outside playing baseball for AHS or attending meetings for International Club, Boys Team Charity and National Honors Society. 

Scott also runs his own dog-sitting business, which started a few years back when his neighbors asked him to dog-sit while they were out of town. 

“I don’t have a name for my business yet, but now I’m thinking I should probably have one,” Scott said. 

When he finds time to relax, he likes to fly fish, play baseball or travel – he’s been to all 50 states. Scott’s mom, Janey, is also understandably excited for her son and heaps praise on Arcadia schools and teachers. 

“I was thrilled for him to see his hard work pay off,” Janey said. “Taking the ACT is important to show colleges what knowledge you have gained from your education and we are so lucky to have such excellent public schools in Arcadia. I credit his teachers at Hopi, Ingleside and Arcadia for helping him build a foundation for his academic success.”