A West Fargo Public Schools student has earned a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam for the first time in the district's history, the district announced in a news release Wednesday, July 3.

Recent Sheyenne High School Graduate Seth Benson recently earned a score of 36 on the exam, the district said in the release. Benson is one of two students in North Dakota to earn the score this year. The other student was Millicent Schwartz of Grand Forks. In 2019, 7,282 students in the state took the test.

West Fargo Public Schools said a review of North Dakota Department of Public Instruction records showed that Benson was the first student in the district to earn a perfect score, which only .2% of students earn nationally.

Benson told the district he didn't spend a lot of time studying and that he credits his success on the test to his hard work in high school classes.

"He kind of tried to be low key about it, said Seth's father, Jason Benson. "But we've always been very proud of him, and for him to get that was a really proud moment for us."

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Benson started a basic training program Monday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he plans to study political science and economics, according to West Fargo Public Schools.

The state Department of Public Instruction will present Sheyenne High School and Benson with an award for his accomplishment, the release said.