Twelve year old earns a 28 on ACT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Julia Cochrane from Trinity Lutheran got a 28 out of 36 on her ACT.  She's only 12 years old and she already has a better score than many high school students.  You may be wondering why she took the test in the first place, Julia says in order to continue on in her program through Johns Hopkins she had to qualify.  The only way to do that was to do well on the ACT.

"I was pretty sure I was going to qualify because the classes hadn't been too impossible and I'd qualified before," said Julia.  "I wasn't too nervous, when I saw the score and how well I had done it was cool I got excited. My mom got really excited."

Julia did extremely well in every area on the ACT and even scored a 32 in English.  After high school, she hopes to go to Stanford and become a medical researcher to help find a cure for Alzheimer's, a disease that affected both of her grandmothers.  Julia says she likes school, but it doesn't rule her life

"I don't want people to think that I'm always pouring over trigonometry books and studying," explained Julia.  "I'm really not, I don't do to much academic stuff in my free time."

Julia fills her free time playing with her dog, playing volleyball, cheerleading and even got her black belt in Tae Kwan Do.  Julia says she plans on taking the ACT again in about a year, just for fun, to see if she can score higher.

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