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The Catalyst

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The Catalyst

Standardized test are starting to become irrelevant in the college application process. The test only create unneeded stress among high school students.


Alexis Bahensky, Opinions Editor
March 23, 2022
Seniors Andrew Kenny and Drew Hinton — both members of the 32 and Above Club — hold a plaque for being National Merit Finalists. Some take the ACT once, others retry to achieve their desired score or get a feel for the kind of pressure they may be under. “I took it once in October before we had to take it together as a class,” Kenny said. “I wanted to know what it was like before we had to take it.”

Above and beyond

Emma Baker, Editor-in Chief
May 7, 2021
Many universities are dismissing or making these standardized tests optional for the 2021 enrollment.

Colleges cancel scores

Paige Fortney, Staff Reporter
May 8, 2020
Sarah Carron is writing down vocab words for Spanish class. She does her work to the best of her ability in all classes and strives to get good grades. “ We were copying down vocab words onto a note sheet to help us get used to using them,” Carron said. “Then we used the new vocab to help us fill out a crossword puzzle.

A long lasting honor

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2019
Each year, a new group of students flock into testing rooms to take the ACT or the SAT. This chart shows the SAT scores of students in relation to the amount of income of their family. There is about a 20 point gap between each level except for the first two and last two groups. In both of those areas, there is about a 100 point leap.

Test-optional fixes admissions

Anna Blumenthal, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2019
Extended QT for scholars

Extended QT for scholars

Cody Bennett, Assisstant Striv Producer
April 3, 2019
Third Grade teacher, Gina Hill, teaches her students the reason behind the #BeKind campaign while they work on different projects. Her class, along with two other third grade classes finished writing letters to all the high school students in the 32 & Above Club. “I would love to recruit more people to do this in the future,” Hill said. “I didn’t realize the undertaking of it because I didn’t know how many high school students were in the 32 & Above Club. It would be great to start getting more people involved. The more the merrier.”

Admiration for achievers

Kiersten Watkins, Staff Writer
March 14, 2019


Matthew Pleiss, Staff Writer
September 10, 2018
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