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Kimball's Xavier Thomas-Lewis Recognized As A Top ACT

LINCOLN – Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Department of Education recognized a select number of students from across Nebraska – one from none other than Kimball – who earned the top score of 36 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam.

Among those achieving the top score was 2023 Kimball High School graduate Xavier Thomas-Lewis. He was an honor roll student, active in activities, and a member of the track, cross country and cheer teams.

Only one quarter of 1 percent of U.S. students earn the perfect score.

The ceremony was in the Rotunda of the State Capitol.

Offering his congratulations on their academic achievement, Pillen emphasized to students the importance of following their dreams. He also encouraged them to return to Nebraska upon completion of their educational pursuits.

“Always remember that Nebraska is your home,” Pillen said. “We want you to return and utilize your talents here. There are many opportunities and there are many good paying jobs. There truly is no place like Nebraska.”

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Education, Interim Commissioner Dr. Deborah Frison pointed out that achieving such a high score was not the work of the students alone – a lot of support came with it.

“Having this level of academic success is not easy and it would be far more difficult without the love and support from your families,” Frison said. “Remember to thank your parents.”

In all, 31 students in Nebraska received a top score of 36, representing 17 schools. Two students earned two certificates, having taken the test on two occasions. Those at the ceremony received their certificates in-person from Gov. Pillen, Dr. Frison and John Clark, senior director of State Government Relations from ACT.

Clark pointed out that only one-quarter of one percent of students nationally earned the perfect score.

“This is a remarkable achievement. You are demonstrating readiness for whatever comes next,” Clark said.

“We look forward to what comes next from each and every one of you.”

“The future of Nebraska is extraordinary because of you young men and women,” said Gov. Pillen.