County, city students honored for high ACT scores

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Many students in Walker County and Jasper City schools have been recognized as high achievers.

Both school systems recently honored students who made a 30 or greater on the ACT, a national college admissions examination that tests English, mathematics, reading and science skills. High ACT scores help students receive scholarships to colleges and universities, many of which are full-ride scholarships.

The highest a student can make on the ACT is a 36.

According to the most recent data on the ACT website, the average ACT score for an Alabama student is 19.1, making a score of 30 or higher a remarkable accomplishment.

Five Jasper High School students recently joined a growing list of students at the school who have scored at least a 30 on the ACT. New ACT 30+ Club members at the school include Lorin O'Rear, Anna Howton, John David Harrell, Benjamin Farris and Kaylee Wakefield.  

"These students are very important to us because they epitomize what we hope all of our students will do, which is set a goal and work towards it. We are very proud of them," Jasper City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said at a recent meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education, where the students were honored.

At the last meeting of the Walker County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood also recognized 13 students who are new members of the school system's ACT 30 Plus Society.

New members include Thomas Haley of Carbon Hill High, 32; Jacob Aldridge of Carbon Hill High, 30; Gaige Tittle of Carbon Hill High, 30; Kayla Hutton of Cordova High, 34; McCartney Hagar of Cordova High, 32; Hannah Hiott of Cordova High, 30; Laycee Cordell of Curry High, 32; Ansleigh Key of Curry High, 31; Allie Downs of Curry High, 31; Emily Gurganus of Oakman High, 30; Tristin Lollar of Oakman High, 31; Jace McClenny of Oakman High, 33; and Courtney Stone of Dora High, 30.

"Several of these folks, they're on their way to getting a full ride somewhere," Hagood said. "Quite an accomplishment by these young men and young ladies."