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Congratulations ACT 20+ Club

LEXINGTON, Miss. – Middle and High School students from Holmes County Consolidated School District are recognized for scoring 20 or higher on the ACT exam—the standardized test used for college admissions in the United States—with membership in the ACT 20+ Club. Mississippi students who score 20 and above will receive scholarships to MS colleges and universities. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. It also offers an optional writing test. HCCSD students who score 20 or higher are welcomed into the club and given a t-shirt and a yard sign that says Jaguars ACT 20+ Club Member to proclaim their accomplishment to their neighborhood.

81 students in grades 9-12 took the ACT exam October 26th. Most of them took the test at either Holmes County Central High School or at Holmes Community College. School teachers, counselors and administrators encourage students to take the ACT and continue to offer incentives for effort and achievement. SV Marshall plays the fight songs of the Mississippi universities during morning announcements and communicates the ACT requirements to attend each college. As an extra incentive, students of S.V. Marshall in grades 7 and 8 scoring 95 or above on the 1st term ELA or Math benchmark assessment will have their names entered into a drawing for the Golden ACT Ticket. The Golden Ticket entitles the student to 1 paid ACT registration.

At the High School, there are friendly competitions between organizations such as the band and football team. All staff is involved in encouraging students to register for the test, including custodians, cafeteria staff and bus drivers. Morning announcements celebrate students who score 20 or higher. A bulletin board in the hallway shows the students’ photos. Students are recognized by the Board of Education at its monthly meeting. Incentives at the High School include an honorarium for the student who is responsible for getting the most students to register for the test, pizza parties and non-uniform days. 89 students are registered to take the test at HCCHS on December 14th.

District partner Nathaniel Armistad of the Armistad Law Firm in Brookhaven, MS is underwriting many of the rewards and activities. He has a life-long passion to improve minority students’ ACT results and has worked with districts throughout the state to improve ACT test scores. He believes in creating an academic culture and is encouraging other businesses to contribute to support students who are college-bound.

Currently, the ACT 20+ Club has 18 members. Three of them are a result of the October test. Delta State University’s Educational Opportunity Center provided two free ACT Prep Workshops at HCCHS on two Saturday mornings in October prior to the exam. Some students credit the workshops with improvements in their scores over prior exam results. To date, the highest score obtained by any HCCHS student this year is 24 with two students achieving the above-the-national-average score, putting them higher than 74% of the national test-takers.


ACT 20+ Club

  1. Tamia Anderson, 12
  2. Jasmine Carthan, 12
  3. Tyler Claiborne, 12
  4. Jatoni Donelson, 12
  5. De’trayvious Frizell, 11*
  6. Jada Groves, 12
  7. Alexandria Hilliard, 12
  8. Cameron Keys, 18
  9. Slimaneshia Malone, 12
  10. Tempress Mines, 12
  11. John Mitchell, 12*
  12. Issac Randle, 12
  13. J’mya Robertson, 10
  14. Jalen Robinson, 12
  15. Carmen Smith, 10
  16. Timothy Thomas, 10*
  17. Rayla Thompson, 11
  18. Ashayla Webster, 11

*Not pictured in photo

ACT 20+ Club is Exclusive

Left to right: Jatoni Donelson, Slimaneshia Malone, Tamia Anderson, Ashayla Webster, Alexandria Hilliard, Jasmine Carthan, Tempress Mines, Rayla Thompson, Tyler Claiborne, Carmen Smith, Jalen Robinson, J’mya Robertson, Cameron Keys, Jada Groves, Isaac Randle.
Not pictured: John Mitchell, De’trayvious Frizell, Timothy Thomas

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