The Edmond Sun

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October 15, 2011

Memorial student earns a perfect 36 ACT score

EDMOND — Edmond Memorial High School senior Jasmine Pascoe has achieved a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, an achievement that puts her in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of all students who take the exam each year.

She learned about her perfect score earlier this month.

“Because scores can now be viewed online, I immediately checked the ACT website upon awakening the morning the scores were supposed to be sent,” Jasmine said.

‘Right when my eyes met the screen showing a 36, tears began falling,” Jasmine said, “and I am not a crier.”

Jasmine, who is also a National Merit Semifinalist, National Achievement Semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction, has taken the exam six times.

“I was only hoping to at least get another 33, which is what I got last time,” Jasmine said. ‘Getting this score was just an added bonus.”

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

Jasmine credits several teachers at Memorial for helping her to achieve a perfect score.

“Every class I attended throughout high school contributed to my preparation for the test. Combo, which combines AP English Language and AP U.S. History, taught me to read passages and comprehend them quickly. Thanks to its teachers, Mr. Scott McDonald and Ms. Christine Bond, I was able to tackle the reading section of the test with more ease than in the past,” Jasmine said.

“My AP Chemistry teacher, Mr. T. J. Dortch, did ACT science prep during class and I still remember all the little tricks he taught us that proved crucial in my ability to not become overwhelmed by the scientific jargon thrown at me in that section.”

Jasmine is the daughter of Renee and Dr. Handel Pascoe. They say they were “excited” to learn of her perfect score, but not surprised.

“We recognized at a very young age that she was highly motivated and worked to achieve excellence in everything she did,” they said.

In fact Jasmine was so gifted that she skipped second grade. At just 16-years-old she is the second-youngest senior at Memorial.

“She is not just talented academically but also gives of herself to her fellow students and to the community,” said Memorial Principal Debbie Bendick.

Jasmine is president of the Edmond Memorial Science Club, a tutor and a member of the Edmond Involved Initiative Teen Council, which conducts community service and helps to organize charity events.

On top of that, for the Past 10 years, she has put in countless hours playing club soccer. Her current team, the Hurricane FC ’95 out of Tulsa, was named the Region III champions and advanced to the National Championship this past summer losing the title game in overtime after a dramatic 4-3 finish.

Jasmine is not settled on where she will go to college. She is currently looking at schools in Oklahoma, California and the Northeast and plans to study chemical engineering and pre-med.

Wherever she goes to college, she says she plans to continue to draw on the strength of her parents because they have been “her greatest motivators.”

“They retain high expectations for me, and I plan on surpassing them all,” Jasmine said.

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