“It's pretty significant to be the first in the state of Ohio, and to be the first in the state that is probably in an area that is sometimes overlooked,” said Victoria Thompson Campbell, of ACT's Midwest office in Columbus. “A lot of thought goes into it, and really looking at the results as translated, test scores improved by two points over the last five years, which is quite significant, and that translated to the students scholarship dollars.”
South Webster High School Principal Bob Johnson also said the improvement was significant.
“Our ACT scores have improved for six straight years,” he said. “While national and state scores have not changed, ours have gone up.”
Johnson said the luncheon honors high achieving students. “Our students this year received $318,821 in scholarships. That is really impressive for a small school.”
Zane Faulkner picked up $64,668 in scholarships, Emily Homerosky received scholarships totaling $57,763, Michael Kennedy received $38,000 in full tuition, $28,845 went to Taryn Scott, $28,000 was awarded to Ryan Fenton and $26,500 was awarded to Derek Patterson.
Johnson said about 61 students in all were involved in the academic luncheon.
“Students with 3.5 or higher grade point average, National Honor Society students, and those with perfect attendance,” he said.
Campbell said a lot of thought goes into the creation of curriculum that leads to successful students, saying “Schools like South Webster that are recognized are schools that have really looked at the curriculum and looked at the coursework that they are providing students, helping them to be the best that they can be.”
Campbell said the one thing she sees in schools such as South Webster is that they change the curriculum to help students learn the fundamentals to help them be successful in their transition to college.
“It is my pleasure to be here to present this award,” Campbell said. “They have a great administration and staff here to pull that off.”
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