(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Eight Washington County High School students’ names and ACT scores have been added to the school’s “Commanding Excellence – ACT Wall of Fame”. The board was created to recognize students for their achievement of exceeding the standard benchmark. A student who earns a composite score of 28 or above will be recognized by having their name and score posted. If the student continues to improve their ACT score by taking the exam multiple times, the board will be modified to reflect their highest current score.
Richard Thompson, a senior at WCHS, recently earned a 28 on the exam. He practiced for the exam using an online app and also studying through an ACT preparatory book. “I wanted to try and get good scholarships,” says Thompson. In addition to his academic achievements, Thompson is also a member of the WCHS chapter of FCCLA. He plans to attend the University of Louisville and study criminal justice. Thompson is the nephew of Tina and Gary Standiford.
WCHS junior Lance Herald earned a score of 29 on the ACT. Herald says that he wanted to score high so that he can earn scholarships and says that his freshman English class helped him with the English and reading portion of the exam. He is a member of the WCHS Academic Team, a member of the WCHS Commander Football team and is involved with Central Kentucky Theatre. He plans to attend either the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University and study computer sciences. He is the son of Craig Herald and Mitzi Devine.
WCHS senior Jacob Smith earned a 28 on the competitive assessment. He too was looking to earn scholarships through a high score. He is a member of the WCHS chapter of the National Honor Society, the school’s chapter of Beta, the WCHS Academic Team, and Washington County Teen Leadership. He is the son of Laura and Robbie Smith.
Joshua Cain, a senior at WCHS, earned a 29 on the ACT. Cain says he took a Kaplan ACT prep course online in math and science to prepare for the exam. He also credits his advanced placement courses and the teachers of those courses – WCHS teachers Matthew Garrett, Dawn Curtsinger, Amy Thompson, Chase Burdette, and former WCHS teacher Monika Seitz – with helping him earn his high score. “Josh was an excellent student,” says Garrett, who teaches history at WCHS. “He was able to process information very well and write very effectively. This fostered his success on the AP US History exam, which he passed.” Cain is also a member of the WCHS Commander Baseball team, is looking to play baseball in college and is considering Florida Southern College, Nova Southeastern University and Bellarmine University and is planning to study political science or international relations. He has already taken the ACT again and is hoping for a score of 31 so that he will receive substantial scholarships. He is the son of Melanie and Joe Cain.
Taylor Smith, a senior, has taken the ACT seven times and has most recently earned a 31. He is a member of NHS, Beta and FFA and is a member of the WCHS Commander Baseball team. Taylor has been accepted to the University of Kentucky and plans to study computer engineering. His twin brother, Tyler Smith, also a senior, scored a 29. Tyler is also a member of NHS, and has also been accepted to the University of Kentucky and will study engineering. Taylor and Tyler are the sons of Tim and Renee Smith.
William Thompson, also a senior, scored a 29 on the exam after taking it for the first time. A member of the WCHS Commander Marching Band, Thompson has already been accepted to the University of Kentucky and plans to study computer science. He is the son of Tina and Jamie Thompson.
Senior Garrett Stevens sought to earn his high score of 28 also to secure scholarships for his college education. He is a member of FFA, NHS and is also a junior firefighter with the Willisburg Fire Department. Stevens has applied to the University of Kentucky and if accepted, plans to study Biosystems engineering. He is the son of Donya and Keith Stevens.
“We are very proud of the achievements of these students,” says Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “Each student has shown the willingness to achieve at high levels in order to prepare for postsecondary opportunities. Teachers, parents and community members are also to be commended for providing the students with opportunities to grow and learn. Through all of these experiences, dedication and hard work, the students have demonstrated the ability to achieve at the next level.”