Students recognized for high ACT scores

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 1/4/19

Eighteen students have been named members of the Jasper High School ACT 30+ Club.Jasper High students Morgan Aldridge, Grayson Barber, Jack Bryan, Rachel Fraley, Atticus Higgs, Spencer King, Reed …

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Students recognized for high ACT scores

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Eighteen students have been named members of the Jasper High School ACT 30+ Club.

Jasper High students Morgan Aldridge, Grayson Barber, Jack Bryan, Rachel Fraley, Atticus Higgs, Spencer King, Reed Lum, Scott Misso, Tyler Morrow, Sawyer Nicholson, Anna Lee Palmer, Blake Pittman, Emily Pridemore, Molly Quinn, Devin Spain, Thomas Ward, James Watson and Stephen Williams have all scored 30 or higher on the ACT — a college admissions test to measure college readiness.

The students were recognized at the Dec. 17 meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education with plaques of recognition.

"We are so proud of these students," Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said.

The ACT measures knowledge in the subjects of English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning, and there is also a writing assessment that can be taken with the test. Students can score between one and 36 on the ACT.

Jasper High School Principal Jonathan Allen said the majority of students scoring 30 or higher are seniors, and he expects some students who took the ACT in December to be added to the ACT 30+ Club. 

Allen said pre-ACT scores have indicated rising seniors in the top half of their class are scoring 17 or lower on the ACT, and there is a plan in place to increase their scores.

"They've already demonstrated GPA wise that they're in the top half, and we're going to help their ACT match that," he said.

Allen stated further that Shawna McCullar, a career coach for Walker County and Jasper City schools, will be volunteering her time to do a pilot program with students, aimed at increasing ACT scores.

The next ACT testing date for students will be Feb. 20.