Class Acts – May 2019

School news from Marion County Public Schools

First-Try Perfection

These three Vanguard High juniors aced the ACT college entrance exam on their first try! Joshua Nwakoby, Conrad Hellwege and Graham Cope all scored a 36 on the exam. The average score is 21. All three juniors are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Vanguard and say they relied more on the testing format, timing and other technical components in addition to just academics to reach the perfect score.

STEAMed for Success

Hundreds of students presented STEAM-based projects for the second annual STEAM Showcase recently at West Port High, not to be confused with the annual science fair! The event offered plenty of displays about science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Following several hours of judging, district leaders handed out awards in the school’s auditorium.

Hurricanes Hit The Windy City

The Marching Hurricane Band from Lake Weir High School traveled in two buses for hours to reach Chicago in time to march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Director Michael Jennings and nearly 100 members made the trek north just in time to kick off spring break.

Expo Preps Tomorrow’s New Hires

Hundreds of middle and high school students focused their efforts on one recent event to prepare for successful futures: the fourth annual Youth Career EXPO held at Circle Square Cultural Center. A joint effort between CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and Marion County Public Schools, industry leaders shared the importance of high demand careers in our community. Students spoke directly with business leaders about the importance of soft skills in today’s job market. Other partners included the Chamber and Economic Partnership, the College of Central Florida, the Public Education Foundation of Marion County and Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association.

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