In a historic achievement, Mario Hoover, a young African American student, has shattered a 46-year-old record at Providence-St. Mel School in Chicago, United States, by achieving a perfect 100% score on the country’s ACT examination. 

The ACT examination is a vital assessment in the United States, serving as a benchmark to gauge high school students’ preparedness for university education while offering universities a standardized metric for comparing applicants. 

For nearly half a century, Providence St. Mel School had never witnessed a student achieving a flawless 100% score until Mario Hoover’s remarkable accomplishment, marking him as the first ever to attain this remarkable feat. 

Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Hoover, who earned a perfect 36 points on the examination, expressed his desire to inspire others to unlock their potential. He remarked, “I want others to know that they can do the same. I’ve been saying a lot today that we are all capable of more than we think we can do.” 

The school’s Principal, Timothy Ervin, hailed Hoover as a trailblazer in the making, stating, “He is the future of Black history, in the sense that he has made history here in the present, and that’s going to live on forever.” 

With ambitious aspirations, Hoover envisions pursuing higher education at Columbia University in New York, where he plans to major in Neuroscience while nurturing his passion for music as a minor. His love for singing is a testament to his well-rounded pursuit of knowledge and his determination to reach new heights in academia. 




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