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Congratulations! Cretin-Derham Hall student earns perfect ACT score

High school junior Joseph Vanderwall is among just 700 students nation-wide to score a 36 on the college entrance exam last year. WCCO reports less than one-tenth of a percent of students ace the placement test. The average score in Minnesota was 22.9.
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High school junior Joseph Vanderwall is among just 700 students nation-wide to score a 36 on the college entrance exam last year. WCCO reports less than one-tenth of a percent of students ace the placement test. The average score in Minnesota was 22.9.

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