MINOOKA — Minooka Community High School’s top ACT scorer John Kauffman is no stranger to high scores.
Just months before learning he scored a 36 composite on his ACT, he scored a 300 in bowling. Kauffman has a 215 average in bowling and helped the Minooka Indians qualify for the 2013 IHSA Boys State Bowling Championships, where the team finished fourth overall.
When he received his ACT results letter in the mail, Kauffman couldn’t wait to open it.
“I was very excited,” he said. “My mom was there and, when I opened it, she jumped up and down. My dad was at work so I ran to the phone to call him and pretty much called every family member I have.”
Between the top ACT score and his perfect bowling game, Kauffman has had a pretty good six months. But both accomplishments took a lot of practice.
For the ACT, Kauffman took a preparation class at Joliet Junior College and did all the practice tests his school offered as well.
“I know all of that helped for sure,” he said.
Although he worked hard, the 36 was not something he expected he would achieve. There are just so many ways to make mistakes on the exam that he couldn’t expect it, but he said he got lucky.
Kauffman is the second student to achieve a 36 composite for Minooka High School. Both were in the last two years, according to a press release from MCHS.
In addition to concentrating on his academics and bowling, Kauffman is also in several components of the band program, including concert band, marching band, jazz band and musical pit. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering groups, as well.
Entering into his senior year this fall, Kauffman is still deciding on what he wants to study after high school. He is leaning toward studying law and hopes his top score will open up some scholarship possibilities for him.