The first time’s a charm for Liam Coughlin, a junior at Brother Rice High School, who recently achieved what only one-tenth of 1 percent of all students who take the ACT test has done: Liam earned the highest possible score of 36, and he did it on his first attempt.
The son of Patrick and Kate Coughlin of Orland Park, Liam graduated from St. Michael elementary school before choosing Brother Rice, and he credits both schools with preparing him for his success. Prior to the exam, he hadn’t enrolled in any ACT preparation classes, but did “read all the tips” from his sister’s hand-me-down study book, adding with a smile, “even though all the practice tests were used up.”
Still undecided about which college he will attend, Liam plans to study Aerospace Engineering once he gets there. His ACT score will certainly open up options–and suitors. As the congratulatory letter he received from ACT states, Liam’s score of 36 “will provide any college or university ample evidence of [his] readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
When it comes to getting to know Liam, though, his ACT score is only part of the equation, as evidenced by his stellar grade point average and his involvement in several clubs and activities. He has been fostering his love and understanding of engineering as a three-year member of the award-winning Brother Rice Robotics Club, which has earned recognition as one of the top high school programs in the world, placing first in its region two years in a row and 14th among 250 teams across 17 different countries. Furthermore, he participates on the Scholastic Bowl team and in the National Honor Society. In the summers, he also volunteers his time at Edmund Rice Camp, a free, one week camp of artistic, athletic, recreational, and spiritual activities held at Brother Rice for area youngsters who cannot afford to attend summer camp. His friends and teachers also appreciate Liam’s casual demeanor and witty sense of humor.
“We are all certainly proud of Liam’s accomplishment,” said Dr. Kevin Burns, President of Brother Rice High School. “We’re even prouder of the young man he’s become.”