Maura Hogaboom, a junior at Saint Viator High School, joined an elite group this spring when she earned a perfect score on her ACT. Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score.
Yet at Saint Viator, Maura is the fourth student in a row to achieve this rare feat. She succeeds Katie Solarz of Arlington Heights, who just wrapped up her freshman year at the University of Notre Dame; Thomas Stanila of Algonquin who just graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2018; and her classmate, Thomas Constertina of Arlington Heights.
“We certainly think that these students are products of our rigorous academics and high expectations,” says Principal Karen Love. “But they have come to us with God-given talent and a tremendous work ethic. We just hope that we have nurtured that.”
Maura is the youngest of four siblings of Dave Hogaboom and Colleen Gaughan of Arlington Heights, all of whom have attended Saint Viator. However, in her own quiet way, Maura has carved out her own path.
She runs cross country each fall and plays soccer in the spring while performing in the musical during the winter. But that’s not all. Among her many club activities, she points to Saint Viator’s Justice League and Students Against Destructive Decisions as among her favorites. Maura also is the incoming co-president of the Interclass Council.
Academically, she carries a heavy course load. Maura is a member of the Querbes Scholars program, designed to enable highly motivated students to excel, and already has completed five AP courses, with five more on her schedule next year.
Maura says she was nervous to check her score back in late April and took a deep breath before logging into her student portal, only to see the perfect 36 composite score.
“I think it reflects the years and years of great resources and great education I’ve had, both at Saint Viator and at St. James,” she says. “My teachers here were super willing to help me outside the classroom.
“Overall, it’s been a collaborative and supportive environment,” Maura adds, “and that’s really pushed me to succeed.”