ANOKA, Minn. -- Michael Crain-Flor was just trying to be a nice guy. Told by his academic advisor that a counselor in training was going to sit in on his session and that it was going to be filmed for "training purposes", Michael put on his best "Minnesota Nice" and said he would go with the flow.
"How'd you do on your ACT test?", asked the faux counselor.
"I got a 36", answered Michael.
Fake counselor: "Is that OK, a 36?"
Michael: "That's a perfect score."
Fake counselor: "You got a perfect score on your ACT?"
"Yeah", said Michael.
Michael's low-key reaction to his accomplishment belies what exclusive company his perfect ACT score puts him in. Consider that of all the students who take the ACT nationwide, less than .5% will earn a perfect score, and it even rocked low-key Michael the first time he saw his score.
"It was a surreal moment really", said Michael. "I was completely shocked."
"I was pretty confident about it, but I was surprised I got the full 36."
Despite being a full-time post-secondary education option student at the U of M, Michael is a co-captain of Anoka's math league team, and a programmer for the robotics team, who hopes to study physics at Cal-Tech University.
Says Michael, "I found out that Cal Tech has pretty much the best physics program in the whole country."
Wherever he ends up, Michael credits Anoka high school for prepping him for the U of M, and his current college experience for getting him ready to take on the college experience, full-time.
"I think I've definitely got a good grasp on it now", say Michael. "Just the general, kind of getting between classes, working with professors and all that stuff."
One would think that stuff would be child's play to a young man who's proven that he's more than capable of doing great things.
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