Education briefs, March 12

Published 6:33 pm Monday, March 11, 2019

Allahham earns high ACT score

Faris Allahham, son of John and Carla Allahham and a Junior at Boyle County High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.


Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

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The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.

Spraggs graduates

MADISON, Wisconsin — Mary Spraggs, of Danville, (college of letters and science, master of science-atmospheric and oceanic sciences, atmospheric and oceanic sciences ) was among the more than 3,320 students receiving degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2018. About 1,300 graduates took part.

Anderson named to dean’s list at Washington University

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Abigail Anderson of Danville was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Anderson is a sophomore in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. She is a graduate of Danville High School and the daughter of Kay and Lowery Anderson.

To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Blevins named to dean’s list at Anderson University

ANDERSON, South Carolina — Griffin Blevins of Danville was named to the Dean’s List at Anderson University for the fall semester, 2018. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher for the semester.

BCTC announces Skills U GED program

LEXINGTON — A new program to help people earn a GED and a college certificate at the same time will get more adults into the workforce at a faster rate. The program, called GED Plus, is offered through a collaboration of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Kentucky Skills U (formerly Kentucky Adult Education).

Research shows one reason adults are reluctant to attend college is cost, but the GED Plus program alleviates that concern. Students can earn a tuition-free certificate in four months or less as part of the Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship program. The certificate must be in one of the following high-demand fields:

• healthcare;

• advanced manufacturing;

• transportation/logistics;

• business services/IT; or

• construction/trades

Additionally, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will provide a $400 scholarship to the first 1,000 enrollees to cover expenses that are not included in the Work Ready program.

“This is the most exciting project that I have been involved with in my 18-year tenure with adult education,” said David Sturgill, Regional Director of Adult Education at BCTC. “It is a significant game-changer with the population that we serve because we are providing our students with an opportunity to make a living wage for the first time in their lives, which assists in lifting families out of poverty. Also, from a state perspective, it is meeting our skilled workforce shortage and putting individuals to work faster while at the same time addressing the local needs of employers,” said Sturgill.

GED Plus is open to Kentucky adults who have not earned a high school diploma or GED. Those who have been out of school for a while sometimes have anxiety about college. GED Plus eliminates that concern because students receive one-on-one assistance from instructors and success coaches.

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