Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 20, 2012

Added incentive

Native encourages Carter students to do well on ACT

ASHLAND — A neurologist who was born in Grayson and received her early education at Prichard Elementary School is giving today’s Carter County students an added reason to do their best on the American College Test

Dr. Dawn McGuire has established the McGuire Family Support Organization to serve public education in Carter County. She has awarded a grant to the  Carter County Public Library that will reward East and West Carter high school students who raise their ACT scores. 

“My parents were passionate about education, and I had the best start I could imagine at Prichard,” said McGuire, who received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from Columbia University. “Mrs. Adams, Max Calhoun, my sister Jackie: these were my teachers and my heroes.”

McGuire, who lives and practices in San Francisco, is on the Board of Counselors of the Gill Heart Institute in Lexington, a fellow of the University of Kentucky, and a director of People to People, founded in Morehead, which provides care for Ethiopian orphans.

To qualify for rewards under the program established by the McGuire Family Support Organmization, a student must take the ACT at least two times. A student’s junior year ACT score will be used as a baseline score, and this will be compared with his or her highest score on the ACT taken by the end of February during the senior year. A student may take the ACT as many times as she or he wishes and the highest score will be used as the comparison score to qualify for a reward.

A total of 14 cash rewards in the amount of $200 each will be given to students who achieve the highest percentage ACT score increase. In addition, two $1,000 scholarships will be given, payable to the college in which the student enrolls.

Applications for the ACT Reward or ACT Reward Scholarship are available at the two schools’ counselor offices and are due by March 15. For more information, call the counselors at either school or email Jenny Knipp at jenny.knipp@carter.kyschools.us or Mindy Woods at graysonwoods@yahoo.com.

The scholarships and rewards alone do not provide enough money to enable students to go to college, but they give students at East Carter and West Carter an added incentive to take the ACT seriously and strive to do their best. Taking the ACT now is required for all public school students in Kentucky, even those who have little interest in attending college.

We commend Dr. McGuire, a highly successful physician who lives thousands of miles from her native Carter County, for remembering her roots and helping today’s young people get on the same road that led her to success in life.

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