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HUDSON -- Hudson students are known to set a high academic bar.
Kyle Gluntz, a sophomore at Hudson High School, put the bar as high as it can go, scoring a perfect 36 on his ACT.
"A perfect ACT score is very rare . . . less than one tenth of one percent score a perfect 36," according to Brian Wilch, Hudson High School's principal. "Hudson High School is fortunate to have some very talented students and Kyle is no exception. Last year, we had three perfect ACT scores; that's not to take away from any individual's accomplishments, but it's not a stretch to say that we're spoiled."
Kyle's dad, Kevin, said he knew his son was smart and the score was an affirmation of it.
"He's always been a bit of a prodigy," Kevin said. "He was reading by the time he turned 3 years old and he has just been super smart all along."
According to Kevin, the family, which include mom, Kelly, older brother, Adam, and younger siblings Gabrielle and Daniel like to watch "Jeopardy" on TV and challenge their brother.
Kyle said he wins most of the matches.
"But when I'm tired or the categories are things my dad is more familiar with like sports, pop culture pre-2000, law and government, he'll steal a few," Kyle said.
Kyle took the ACT in December, he said.
"I really had no expectations," Kyle said. "As a sophomore, I thought of myself as just getting a jump on the process."
Kyle was "stunned and very happy" in February when he heard the score.
Kyle never expected the perfect score, he said.
"If I would have missed only one question it would have been such a different feeling even though the outcome wouldn't have been that different," he said.
Kyle is used to scoring high on academic and aptitude tests, he said. But he did not expect a perfect score.
Kyle's favorite classes are history and Chinese, he said.
And while it's a bit early to make college plans, his parents are suggesting somewhere warm, he said.
When not studying, Kyle enjoys hanging out with his buddies, going to musical performances and a variety of physical pursuits.
According to his principal, Kyle's score is remarkable for several reasons.
"What's really remarkable with Kyle is that he's only a sophomore and a young 15-year old sophomore at that," Wilch said. "What a great accomplishment for him. I'm sure his family is as proud as we are! He's still not sure about what direction his studies will take him post-high school, but that's certainly understandable for a 10th-grader. What is certain is that his future is very, very bright."