Lavender_CarolineCaroline Lavender ’19 joined an elite group this summer 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, Caroline is the fifth student over the last two years—and the third in this year’s senior class—to achieve this rare feat.

 

She succeeds Katie Solarz of Arlington Heights, who starts her sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame; Thomas Stanila of Algonquin, valedictorian of the class of 2018 and a freshman at Loyola University; and her classmates, Thomas Constertina and Maura Hogaboom, both 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.”

 

While at Saint Viator, Caroline has played on the girls’ golf team, performed in the school musical and participated in music ministry. She also returned as a leader to this summer’s Service & Song camp and attended the Viatorian Youth Congress for the second time.

 

She is currently enrolled in four AP classes as well as multi-variable calculus, the highest math class Saint Viator offers, and she points to this type of challenging classwork that helped her achieve this perfect score.

 

“All of my classes helped me, but my junior year was particularly challenging,” Caroline says. “They taught me a determination and diligence that I hadn’t had before.”

 

A common thread through many of her activities is her love of playing the piano, which she does by ear. Caroline can be found accompanying the choir at school liturgies or playing the piano for residents at an Arlington Heights memory care facility, where she regularly volunteers.

 

Caroline is the oldest of two children of Timothy Lavender and Dr. Nancy Sonego, and she attended Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights. Her brother, David, is a sophomore at Saint Viator.

 

“All of my teachers over the years helped me achieve this,” Caroline says. “They gave me a diverse set of skills—and the confidence—needed to do well on standardized tests.”