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Decatur 7th-graders score high on ACTs

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

College is still a long way off, but some Decatur seventh-graders scored high enough on college entrance exams to be the envy of juniors and seniors.

As part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, 21,301 students from a 16-state region scored well enough on the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test to get an invitation to the State Recognition Ceremony.

Cedar Ridge Middle School's Mary Beth Snow, the daughter of Austin Principal Don Snow, was one of 17 in the nation to score the highest on the ACT. Snow and classmate Sophie Howard earned grand recognition for scoring over 28 in English, 28 in math, 30 in reading and 27 in science.

Howard recently attended a recognition ceremony at Duke, while Snow plans to attend a summer studies program at Davidson College sponsored by Duke, Cedar Ridge Principal Beth Weinbaum said.

Oak Park Middle School had 12 students get a state invitation, and Cedar Ridge had 11 as 1,056 of 3,167 who took the test qualified for state recognition.

State recognition required students to score at least a 21 on all four ACT subjects or a 520 on SAT math and 510 on SAT critical reading.

Principal Dwight Satterfield said earning state recognition for Oak Park were Meredith Alred, Olivia Briscoe, William Cole, John Duffey, Sam Frasier, Daniel Gilliam, Abby Hill, John Keown, Sarah Mitchell, Lauren Prickett, Samantha Scheler and Patricia Woller. Four Oak Park students scored a 27 or higher on a subject on the ACT. One scored at or about a 510 on the SAT.

Earning state recognition for Cedar Ridge were Snow, Howard, Olivia Backer, Anna Carter, Kathryn Clark, Michelle Ford, Mary Frances Graves, Sonja Humphreys, Lynn Nevels, Joseph Topliss and Aaron Williams.

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