Acing the ACT: Seacoast student thrives in collegiate high school

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Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 04:41 PM.

Sixteen-year-old Seacoast Collegiate High School student Dugan McAdams wasn't expecting too much when he went to take the ACT college-placement test recently.

"My father has been pushing me since eighth grade to take the test," said McAdams, a Sandestin resident.

However, it wasn't his father who ended up influencing his decision to act.

"Our principal, Mr. D'Avignon had this challenge," McAdams explained. "The sophomore who gets the highest ACT score gets $100 — a C-note."

With only a little prep work, McAdams said he was expecting his score to be around 26 — the highest possible score is a 36.

"I didn't know a whole lot about it," he said. "I had taken standardized tests such as the PSAT and FCAT before, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I just took the ACT to see how it feels."

Much to his surprise, McAdams did exceptionally well, landing a total score of 32, but he's not stopping there.

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