January 30, 2020
The night before Sadie Billings took her ACT exam, her stomach was in knots. She was so anxious she couldn’t sleep. She had been in the same position five times before. And although she had maintained a 4.0 high school grade point average, Billings — even after six tries — was never able to score above a 21, the cutoff for admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her preferred school.