Way to go! Joplin student earns perfect score on ACT

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin High School Junior Aidan Koch has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.

Joplin Schools announced the accomplishment today.

Koch has been a student of Joplin Schools since kindergarten. He credits some of his success to extra testing preparation and a positive mental attitude, but also recognizes the ongoing support of his educators.

“Almost every teacher I’ve had at JHS has taught me something different, and not just in an academic sense but also about life and the way I want to live it,” said Koch. “My teachers have gone above and beyond in preparing me for life outside the classroom, and for that I will be forever indebted. Also, I have never had a teacher who didn’t believe in his or her students and adamantly desire their students’ success; that source of encouragement and support was and is a vital part of my success, both in and out of the classroom.”

“Aidan is an outstanding young man,” said Joplin High School principal Dr. Steve Gilbreth. “He is so talented in so many areas. He participates in many activities, and he has some great dance moves! Joplin High School is very proud of Aidan.”

After graduation in 2024, Koch plans to attend a four-year undergraduate university to major in business management before pursuing an MBA with a possible marketing emphasis.

His activities include varsity Cross Country, varsity Track & Field, vice president of Sound Dimension (JHS varsity show choir), Student Council treasurer, student head of Fellowship of Christian Students, Math League member, Interact member, Modern Language Club member, National Honor Society member, Tri-M (music honor society) member, DECA member, and FBLA member. He also participates in winter and summer running at JHS for off-season Cross Country and Track & Field training.

Koch is the son of Jeff and Shonna Koch, of Joplin, Missouri.

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