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May 24th, 2010
San Marcos High School students win Texas ACT awards


Forty-three San Marcos High School students received the Texas Student Achievement Award from the Texas American College Testing (ACT) Council for their performance on the PLAN assessment. PLAN is the precursor test to the ACT exam, which is given to seniors in high school.

This means that the awarded students are on course to meet or exceed ACT’s college readiness benchmarks by the time they graduate. The readiness benchmarks identify the level of achievement necessary in English, math, reading and science to have a successful freshman year in college and are based on ACT’s observations and experience in student testing.

“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 Karen Pennell, Assistant ACT Vice-President and Southwest Regional Manager. “We also want to recognize that student PLAN 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 ACT Texas Achievement award winners include Marisa Arceneaux, Laura Artiles, Armando Arzola, Carpenter Campbell, Conrad Chappell, Evan Cruz, Heather Davis, Dylan Edwards, Amelia Finch, Lorenzo Garcia, Jennifer Graves, Marshal Hanzel, Matthew Hart, Delaney Hearne, Nathaniel Heathman, Samuel Heaton, Cameron Herber, Maximiliano Hernandez, Maude Herndon, Christina Herrmann, Julie Hill, James Holmes, Mackenzie Hughes, Joshua Kirkpatrick, Christopher Knudsen, Brittany Miller, Briana Moss, Amber Navarrete, Dario Olivo, Javier Ortiz, Anthony Pina, Elaine Reiche, Luisa Ruge Jones, Jarred Saucedo, Cassandra Simmons, Courtney Smith, Kelsea Smith, William Spencer, Cole Stapp, Kolton Sundquist, Madelyn Swinney, Christopher Taylor, and Charles Ticheli.

The ACT is the college admissions test that is accepted by all colleges nationwide. ACT, Inc., is a non-profit organization has operated for more than 50 years. ACT provides assessment programs and information helpful to colleges and students both in the process of admitting students and in ensuring their success after enrollment.

The Texas ACT Council is composed of secondary and postsecondary educators who advise ACT, Inc., on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Texas schools and colleges.

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