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Little Rock student scores perfect on ACT after act of kindness

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(KATV) A Little Rock Parkview Magnet High School student's perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam all started with a cup coffee. Deborah Rookey, 17, was on her way to take the exam when a simple act of kindness from the car ahead of her gave her inspiration.

"I knew couldn't take the test without coffee first, so I pulled through Starbucks and I ordered I think a mocha or something and I pulled up to pay and the lady at the window said the guy in front of you paid for your drink, don't worry about it," said Rookey. "I got free coffee on the morning of my ACT, so really there's not a better attitude to go into your test with than I just got free coffee."

A 36 on the ACT exam is a rare achievement. Less one tenth of one percent nationally earns a perfect score.

Though Rookey received an act of kindness on the morning of her test, her teachers say she's the one giving acts of kindness, tutoring students on her own time.

"Just within a week of tutoring one of the students in AP calculus I could see a difference," said Stacy O'Brien, Rookey's calculus teacher.

The man who bought her coffee that morning is Val Hansen, a realtor for Remax in Little Rock. He said he saw her story in the paper and wanted to contact her. He does something nice for one person every day.

"For me it's just to me it's just fun. Like you said, you never know what the reaction to someone else is going to be, so to me it's just fun to do little things for people and I try to do stuff like that, something for somebody every day," Hansen said.

Hansen purchased coffee for the car behind him during his interview with Channel 7 News. He said it's rare to actually see the outcome of those small acts of kindness.

Rookey says she is applying to several colleges including Hendrix, Washington University, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Brown, Rhodes, Stanford, Columbia and even Harvard.