Montgomery, Ala. - ACT, Inc. today launches an annual College and Career Readiness Campaign to celebrate achievement and create awareness around the goal of college- and career-readiness for all. ACT has partnered with Alabama and select states for the College and Career Readiness Campaign to nominate students with exemplary ACT scores, high grade point averages and significant academic, professional, school and community involvements.
The program helps to further the Alabama State Department of Education's vision for "Plan 2020: Every Child a Graduate--Every Graduate Prepared for College, Work, Adulthood in the 21st Century."
Seven states are participating in the campaign in this first year, including Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
On March 14, 2013, resolutions celebrating the students will be presented at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting. The state winner will be announced at the board meeting and will have the opportunity to be chosen by ACT as the national winner. The national winner will be honored at the National Gala of College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in May.
The five state finalists were selected by school staff as an ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign student nominee and are as follows:
Sheree Michelle Gremillion of Rogers High School, Lauderdale County Schools. Gremillion has a 3.9 GPA and scored a 33 on the ACT Test. Rogers High science teacher Traci Jones, who nominated Gremillion for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, said Gremillion's determination is evident.
"She is a very good student and works hard to maintain excellent grades and is highly motivated," Jones wrote in her nomination letter. "I am so proud of her for scoring 33 on her ACT. This score, coupled with her grades and work ethic in my classes, speaks volumes about her academic ability."
Keaton Brooks Galloway of Lamar County High School, Lamar County Schools. Galloway has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. Nominator and Lamar County High English teacher Ernestine Chandler is not surprised by Galloway's achievements.
"Of the nearly 5,000 students I have taught over the years (including seven years teaching college), Keaton stands out as my number one student," Chandler wrote in her nomination letter. "Keaton settles for nothing less than his very best in any classroom or extracurricular endeavor."
Sarah Brooke Haygood of Boaz High School, Boaz City Schools. Haygood, who has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT, currently ranks at the top of her senior class. Boaz High guidance counselor Becky Boddie said she has never met a student as ambitious as Haygood in her 30 years of education.
"Sarah embodies the characteristics of leadership that we wish for all students: responsibility, determination, personality, compassion, citizenship and empathy, just to name a few," Boddie wrote of Haygood.
Alyssa Nicole Cunningham of Meek High School, Winston County Schools. Cunningham has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT, which is quite significant, said guidance counselor and nominator Lauren Archer.
"She has the highest ACT score ever achieved at Meek High School, so we are very proud to nominate her on behalf of Winston County," Archer said in her nomination letter, adding that Cunningham has shown tremendous academic and social growth from Grades 7-12.
Jeremy Lee Burgess of Enterprise High School, Enterprise City Schools. Burgess has maintained a 4.0 GPA since his sophomore year, scored a 31 on the ACT and is poised to be the valedictorian of Enterprise High's Class of 2013.
Guidance counselor Cami McClenny, who nominated Burgess for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, said, "Academically, Jeremy is among the brightest students I have had the pleasure of working with in my 16 year career in education."
In addition to striving to become college- and career-ready by taking Advanced Placement and Honors classes or courses at local community colleges, the five finalists are involved in extracurricular activities such as marching band, the National Honor Society and Scholars' Bowl, as well as volunteering in their communities.
"We are excited to stand with states to recognize leaders in advancing or embodying successful readiness for college and career," said Jon Whitmore, chief executive officer of ACT. "More exciting is that each state announcement is just one component of a campaign that will highlight college- and career-readiness efforts across the education and workforce continuum."
At the conclusion of the Alabama State Board of Education meeting, ACT will host a luncheon at The Young House in Old Alabama Town to honor the five finalists, their parents or guardians, a representative from each student's school or district and other distinguished guests from the ALSDE.
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