Local high school student gets perfect ACT score

Carlisle/West Shore

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Giana Abbas may seem like your typical high school student.

“Right now, I’m looking at maybe somewhere in Pittsburgh, like University of Pitt, maybe Carnegie Mellon,” said Abbas, a junior at Trinity High School.

Giana’s course load is loaded.

“A.P. U.S. History, A.P. Chemistry and A.P. Stats, Honors English, Honors Trig, Pre-Calc,” said Abbas.

That’s just to name a few. And her extracurriculars are stacked as well. College readiness is something Giana doesn’t take lightly. 

“For the ACT, I did some practice tests from the ACT practice book. I practiced for a couple weeks, I think, but for the SAT I had tutors,” said Abbas.

All this preparation culminated in a perfect ACT score. That’s a feat just under two-tenths of one percent of students last year achieved, according to an ACT and SAT prep company.

“I’ve had a lot of really good teachers over the years, who have helped with my work ethic and how I approach problem solving,” said Abbas.

One of those teachers is the current principal at Trinity High School, John Cominsky, who’s known Giana since elementary school.

“She’s always been among the brightest in the class and among the most hard-working,” said Cominsky.

Even though a lot of studying and hard work went into practicing for the ACT, Giana says she wasn’t expecting a score of 36.

“I think everyone kind of hopes to get it, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. I mean you try, but it’s kind of like, you cross your fingers,” said Abbas.

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