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Senior Profile: Emma Harrell

Senior Profile: Emma Harrell

Amelia Hurley, features writer

April 30, 2019

Emma Harrell, senior, shares her secrets on how she obtained a perfect score of 36 on her ACT and how she balanced the activities she participates in.

Preparing for the ACT

Preparing for the ACT

Grace Klebe, news editor

November 30, 2018

For a month and a half before the test, he studied for an hour every night. He attended tutoring sessions, took practice tests three Saturdays prior, worked from a book and on the internet and normalized his sleep schedule by going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking up at 6:30 a.m. every day. Even the w...

Issues: Standardized test prep affordability

Issues: Standardized test prep affordability

Adler Bowman, web editor

October 30, 2018

With a TI-84 calculator and No. 2 pencil trapped in a sweaty grip, high school students across the United States file into freezing classrooms at 8 a.m. on a Saturday to take a test. A test thought to be an equalizer, to level the playing field between college applicants from all schools, ethnicities a...

Should you take the ACT or the SAT?

Should you take the ACT or the SAT?

Grace Klebe, news editor

October 1, 2018

It is testing season again, which means it is time for you to learn the difference between the two main tests colleges look for: the ACT and the SAT. Take this quiz to find out which test is the right one for you. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); ...

Junior ACT update

Junior ACT update

Logan Crews, opinions editor

April 4, 2018

Juniors who “opted in” on the school-sponsored ACT were scheduled to take the test Tuesday, April 3. However, due to technical difficulties in an attempt to administer the test via laptops per advice of ACT, students were released without taking it. Dr. Mike Havener, principal, sent an email at...

Thank you letter for an ACT of kindness

Thank you letter for an ACT of kindness

Allie Hickenbotham, copy editor

April 28, 2017

Emma Bjorkman This piece is entirely satirical*   Dear Everett Lindquist, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for inventing the exhilarating, memorable test known as the American College Testing Program (ACT). Thank you so much for this wonderful, joyous occasion we students have the privilege of enduring. I must say, the ACT is probably th...

Not the final test

Not the final test

Jack Rintoul, opinions writer

December 16, 2016

*This is a piece of satire* With finals season upon us, I thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on the greatest resume builder for students: test taking. Every year about this time students are overjoyed to begin two weeks of constant reviewing and examination. Although winter break is less...

Time is points

Time is points

Katie Woodruff, news editor

March 23, 2016

One simple diagnosis can help students to get extra time on standardized tests, quizzes and other school work. According to NBC News, standardized testing has increased the amount of ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. Though there are students who are born and develop the disorder, a student who successfully...

Free time is dead.

Free time is dead.

Jamie Jones, interactives staff

October 27, 2015

Free time is dead. When we were in fifth grade, we had half an hour of homework each night, and the rest of the afternoon to do do whatever we wanted. In eighth grade, we had an hour or two of homework, a few extracurriculars and still plenty of free time. And then high school began. And free time ...

Some senior wisdom

Some senior wisdom

Alexa Kannenberg, web managing editor

October 22, 2015

As a senior, applying to college is always in the back of my mind. I imagine college admissions counselors looking over my application and frowning. Adults constantly ask me what could possibly be stressing me out with my grades and test scores and extracurricular involvement. But what our parents and grandp...

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