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Preparing for the ACT as the school year winds down

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Here in the last week at Community High School, we've bitten our nails to nubs, rubbed our erasers bare, and written until our pencils were dull. Preparing for the ACT is no small task. The teachers put in just as much work behind the scenes as we did, and that's a side the students don't see. Just as we spent hours at home studying, they spent hours figuring out just what to say to benefit us the most.

Teachers also took the initiative to set up flex time, or break time, prep sessions. Math and English both made time for two sessions each the week before the ACT, at which a good handful of nervous students attended. Community even went beyond short study sessions like these; for example, the Monday evening before the ACT we held a three-hour prep session that held portions of every category on the ACT. Most students that partook in this event would vouch it was a helpful experience.

So, with taking the ACT this past Tuesday, it brought light to the fact the end of the year is really drawing near. It has gotten the seniors really thinking hard on their futures: "What school am I going to?", "Am I going to get that scholarship?", or "Is it really almost over?" Every day we look at the white board inside Mark Gregory's classroom, glancing to the black box and the sloppily written number in the top right corner. That box tells us the number of days until final exams and ultimately the end of the school year.

However, we're too busy to worry about that for long. Our Fellowship of Christian Students and Fellowship of Christian Athletes groups went on a mission trip just this last week, and we're so very proud of them. Our Leo Club and FCCLA made a trip Tuesday to the Ronald McDonald House. They took supplies to drop off and ended their day by taking the emotional tour. Leo Club is also sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive for students and faculty this Friday. That night is also when the "Community's Got Talent" talent show will take place. There are lots of students coming out to show off their uniqueness and their abilities that night. So with the end of the year quickly coming, the true question is "Will we even notice the time slipping by with a schedule like this?"

-- Paige Vincion is a junior at Community High School.

Paige Vincion
Student column
Paige Vincion is a junior at Community High School. Student columns appear each Wednesday in the Times-Gazette. For more information about this column or other news in education, contact Tracy Simmons at tsimmons@t-g.com.