Local student scores in top one percent

Eric Rysavy

ST. ANSGAR, Iowa – One local student is not staying quiet about his success with a recent standardized test.

And because of his score, he is now a part of the one percent.

Eric Rysavy, a senior at St. Ansgar High School, is still in shock.

“Complete utter disbelief I don’t have any idea how to react to that, I mean top one percent, what is,” said Rysavy.

He just learned how well he did on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate or NCRC test.

And those in the district are thrilled with the news.

“I was really excited I was excited for our school and Eric. I guess I didn’t expect any of our students to perform that level so that was really a much unexpected nice surprise,” said Lori Riley, St. Ansgar’s school counselor.

“Well it says I could go into 99 percent of any job in the country. It makes me feel like yeah I could do it now I could basically go do whatever I want to do,” said Rysavy.

The test Eric did so well on is one that is meant to identify the core skills students have and let them know what jobs they would be good at.

The test consists of three parts: applied math, reading for information, and locating information.

“Well in Iowa we are seeing a lot of growth in the middle skilled jobs in the state and we want to ensure that we have a workforce that is skilled and prepared for these jobs,” said Jennifer Andrade, Business Marketing Specialist at IowaWORKS North Iowa.

So while all these students are getting some more detailed information about what careers they might excel at Eric just hopes others understand that these types of tests can really change you.

“Because it lets you get your name our as far as jobs and scholarships go. It opens up a lot of big opportunities for you in the future,” said Rysavy.

Rasavy tells us he plans to go to MichiganState for college and from there; he says he would love to design video games.

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