Wake County Schools

Wake County academic athlete aces ACT

Posted April 30, 2012

— It takes a special kind of academic athlete to score a perfect score on the ACT, but 30 North Carolina students aced the college entrance exam this year.

"I was just so ecstatic," said Wake Forest-Rolesville High School junior Hannah Moyles. "I was like, 'Yeah, I knew I was going to get it.'"

Moyles was one of 10 students in Wake County, 10 in Chapel Hill and one in Fayetteville who earned a 36 on the ACT, the highest score possible. The nine other perfect scorers came from across the state.

An ACT representative said it does not release the names of test takers, but they are free to speak publicly on their own.

Hitting that mark became Moyles' goal after she came up one point shy the year before. "This time, I was like, 'OK, shoot for the 36,'" she said.

"It shows that she's a student who's constantly looking to better herself," her English teacher, Vicki Crouse, said.

Moyles is gunning to do the same on the SAT. She got a 2260 out of a possible 2400 last time and wants to take the test again.

In high school, she's a straight-A student with a weighted GPA of 5.1 and takes Advanced Placement courses in English, Spanish, history and physics.

Moyles' efforts to better herself don't stop in the classroom.

She has started her own charity that collects knitted blankets, scarves and hats for the less fortunate and launched a book drive with the Women's Club of Wake Forest. The group gives away children's books at laundromats around the town.

Looking ahead to college, Moyles will likely have her pick of schools. She's eyeing North Carolina State University. Triangle students score perfect on ACT Triangle students score perfect on ACT

"I want to study genetics, because right now, I work at State in the genetics lab," she said.

Moyles' teachers predicted success for her wherever she goes.

"I'm not worried about she'll do," Crouse said, "because in college, she's going to be that kid who's good at time management, that's good at doing additional research she needs to do."


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  • stephanieamoy May 1, 2012

    I thank everyone for the congratulations on Hannah's achievement. Just for the record- she is not a bookworm. She goes out with friends, plays the flute, loves photography, drawing and writing. Her sense of humor is amazing! She was blessed with a very gifted intelligence- academic success comes easily to her. I am most proud of what a friendly, giving and compassionate young lady she is. This was supposed to be a story on a great teen's accomplishments- nothing political or inflammatory about it at all and I thank all of you that saw it as that and offered her kind words!

  • tarheelfan41 Apr 30, 2012

    If bookworms are academic athletes, does that make great football players athletic academics?

  • Metical Apr 30, 2012

    Please don't go to Harvard or Yale! There are enough of them lib's around. Stick with State and Biology. boneymaroney13 April 30, 2012 12:05 p.m. Report abuse

    That is just too funny not to promote! and sadly...embodies the thought process of many.

  • Spongebob Apr 30, 2012

    Wow! Amazing young lady! Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

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  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 30, 2012

    Please don't go to Harvard or Yale! There are enough of them lib's around. Stick with State and Biology.
    April 30, 2012 12:05 p.m.
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    How does Harvard, Yale, NC State, or this article have anything to do with politics?

  • candyappleelixir Apr 30, 2012

    Excellent!! Congratulations!!!!

  • Southern Gal Apr 30, 2012

    Pardon my ignorance... what is the "ACT" as it the acronym is not spelled-out in the article?
    (I figure it's not the pre-SAT since she has already received her score or that test).

    Good for Wake Co schools for helping to produce such a high achieving student!

  • SueInNC Apr 30, 2012

    That's super! Congratulations!

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 30, 2012

    By the way, congratulations!