Students at Madison Central High School celebrated a record achievement. WJTV 12’s Shay O’Connor was there for the celebration and talked with the students who hit the mark.
156 students grades 10th through 12th are now members of the over 30 club. Not for age, but for scoring 30 or higher on the ACT.
Junior Annie Thomas said, “Well I am very very happy about it. It takes a lot of hard work so it’s very nice they do the event to recognize how hard we work. We really appreciate it.”
Annie Thomas scored a 35. She was one of several students who either scored a 35 or a 36. 36 is perfect. Thomas said she attributed her score to hard work and says anyone can do it, with dedication.
Thomas said “You just have to be dedicated. And study hard, and go for it. And you will get it.”
Then there’s Elle Muirhead. She scored over 30. The senior has been attending Madison schools since kindergarten. She’s ending high school with a bang. The feeling, bittersweet.
Muirhead said, “It’s a crazy feeling because when I was younger, I’d see this type of stuff floating around Madison. I’d say ‘I’m never going to be on that.’ But now here I am in my senior year in this 30 Plus Club. Which is pretty cool but also sad because it’s my last one. “
Principal Sean Brewer said this is by far the highest number of students to earn a 30 or higher. He said this shows how well a public school can perform with the support of the community.
Brewer said, “The secret is really not a secret but partnership between the staff, the parents, the students, and our community. The expectation that we are gonna compete and work really hard and perform well is just engraved.”
Senior Elle Muirhead plans to play soccer at Ole Miss in the fall. Junior Annie Thomas plans to study pre-med in Alabama when she graduates.