JCHS student Hughes Lee gets rare perfect score on ACT exam

Jefferson City High School student Hughes Lee poses for a photo in the soil science laboratory at Lincoln University.

Jefferson City High School student Hughes Lee poses for a photo in the soil science laboratory at Lincoln University. Photo by Kris Wilson.

As Jefferson City High School senior Hughes Lee walked into speech and debate practice Monday afternoon, the rest of the students, only half-mockingly, hailed him as their king. He shushed them, but in a way, he is the school’s king.

Not only was Lee elected Homecoming King earlier this fall, he also earned a perfect score — a 36 — on the ACT this year. It’s tough to pull off. Of the 1.6 million students who took the test in 2011, only 705 — about .04 percent — earned a 36 on the test.

He downplayed the achievement and said he didn’t have a big celebration when he heard the news. “It was more of a smile, and then I went to go do homework or something,” he said.

Lee’s mom actually ....

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