This extraordinary accomplishment was a goal for Natalie, though she didn’t expect it to happen on her second try. Her first ACT score was a 35, which came as a shock to both Natalie and her mom. The two thought that they were looking at a sample score report before they realized it was Natalie’s actual first ACT score. Natalie reviewed her scores and had the lowest section in math, so she started meeting with a tutor to help improve the score.
Natalie signed up for the October test date and was already planning on signing up for December, not prepared for the exciting score that followed. When the notification to view scores came through, Natalie was hesitant to check the results as she sat in the cafeteria before school. Natalie thought that she would be telling her mom “didn’t get it, let’s sign up for the December test,” when she saw the perfect 36 before her eyes. Natalie said “I looked over and told Mrs. Schelb, and soon the entire office was there congratulating me. It was a very exhilarating moment I don’t think I’ll forget any time soon.”
Learning Differences Specialist, Judi Erskine, shared, “I have worked with Natalie for two and half years as her teacher in the Learning Differences program. She has grown so much in her confidence and her understanding of others’ needs as well as her own. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished, not just academically but also in learning to advocate for herself in order to reach her full potential.”
College is being extensively thought about for Natalie, knowing she wants to major in political science and statistics, and to hopefully receive at least a Bachelors in statistics and a Doctorate in political science. Currently, she’s looking at (in no particular order) Georgetown, DePauw, Oregon, Centre, Bellarmine, Transylvania, Kentucky, and Hanover —but the list goes on.
Natalie holds many awards and is involved in a great deal inside and outside of Assumption. She is in Math League, belongs to National Science Honors Society, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, and Beta Club as well. Outside of school, she is a stage manager, assistant stage manager and light designer at Walden Theatre. She also volunteers at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, where she tutors a student who recently arrived in Louisville. Natalie is devoted to social change and strives to help others, including through her service at Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a tutor.