Kickin' Country would like to publicly congratulate Jackson Richards, a junior at Madison High School for having a perfect score on this year's ACT test!

Nationally, 1.7 million high school students took the ACT test this year.  Only 781 scored a perfect score.

This year, Jackson Richards, a junior at Madison High School scored one hundred percent.  He is the only student in South Dakota to earn a perfect score on the standardized college entrance exam.  South Dakota averages about one a year who scores a perfect 36 on the exam.

Richards scored a 36 on his second try. He scored a 31 his first time.

The test is scored on a scale of 1-36 and is a composite score of English, math, reading and science.

Madison High is working to find out if Richards is the only one from MHS to score a perfect test.  Sharon Knowlton, the principal, acknowledges that over the years, some students have scored a 35, but Richards is the first student she knows in Madison to score a 36.

Richards plans to study piano in college.  He also plans to take the SAT test.