Metro Academic and Classical High School senior Thomas Fliss took the ACT college entrance exam on September 10, 2011. He had no idea when he walked out of the classroom that he would earn a perfect 36 composite score, a rare feat accomplished by less than 1/10 of 1% of all students who take the test.
Fliss is only the 51st student in the St. Louis region to earn a perfect composite score since 2000. He is the first St. Louis Public School District student to post a perfect score during that time span.
“I knew I did well, but I wasn’t 100% sure about some of my answers,” Fliss recalls. “I guess they went my way, though. That’s the difference between earning a 34 or a 36.”
Fliss earned a 34 in his only previous experience taking the ACT as a junior last year. He credits his parents for his success. “My parents have always been very supportive of my academics, so I owe them,” says Fliss.
One of 69 students in the senior class at Metro Academic and Classical High School, Fliss is involved in concert band, the math club and the NERD club. He has been a member of the school’s debate team for three years. Fliss plans to major in computer science in college and is currently considering Stanford, Cal Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Carnegie Mellon University.
This past summer, the 17-year-old Fliss attended an eight-week summer college program at Stanford where he earned nine college credits studying java programming, piano and oceanography.
The son of Edward Fliss and Barbara MacRobie, Fliss is a St. Louis County resident attending Metro Academic and Classical High School through the Voluntary Transfer Program.