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June 23rd, 2009
SMHS sophmores receive ACT award

STAFF REPORT

The Texas Student Achievement Award was recently given to 38 San Marcos High School (SMHS) students by the Texas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN, or Pre-ACT, Assessment.

The council is made up of secondary and post-secondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Texas schools and colleges. ACT, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information and program management services. The ACT Assessment is a widely accepted college admissions test.

The students singled out for the honor are: Alex Aranda, Adam Berglund, Joshua Brown, Kaitlin Burroughs, Kyla Crumley, Marcus Cruz, Stevie Dow, Myles Ehrlich, Sara Fox, Sterling Gutierrez, Shelby Hebert, Bryan Jenkins, Samantha Jennings, Christopher Johnson, Ruben Juarez, Jacob Lucas, Daniela Martinez, Jamie Martinez, Rebecca McAlister, Mercedes Mendoza, Christian Moreno, Jonathan Moreno, Kelsey Nagy, Rex Pape, Payal Patel, Angela Pates, Bryan Perez, Michael Reed, Sebastian Romano, Kash Seward, Kelsie Singleton, Victoria Snyder, Nathan Stone, Ty Stonecipher, Keegan Taylor, Jesse Valero, Austin Wallace and Jamie Williamson.

All of these students, according to the council’s criteria, are on target to meet, or exceed, ACT’s college readiness benchmarks by graduation.

“The Texas ACT Council recognizes those students who are making significant strides to prepare themselves for college by taking rigorous courses and meeting the PLAN (Pre-ACT) College Readiness Benchmarks,” said ACT Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager Karen Pennell. “We also want to recognize that student PLAN (Pre-ACT) achievement is the result of a strong commitment by San Marcos High School teachers, staff, administrators, and parents to increase college readiness for all students.”

The students received the honor during SMHS’s annual awards ceremony, held in late May.

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