Good News From Schools: Perfect on the ACT

Two Gwinnett County Public Schools juniors have one more year of high school to complete before graduation, but they already have an impressive college-entrance test score.

Brookwood High's Donald Geldbach and North Gwinnett High's Jeffrey Angell are two of 56 students in the nation who earned a perfect score of 36 on the February administration of the ACT, according to the school system.

The American College Testing college entrance exam assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test, scored on a scale of 1 to 36, consists of subtests in English, math, reading and science reasoning. A student's composite score is the average of the four subtest scores.

Students are encouraged to take the ACT as well as the SAT college-admission exam to provide a broad range of information for college admissions counselors, advice both of these students have already taken. Geldbach and Angell also took the SAT, and both scored 2,100 out of a possible 2,400 points.

Geldbach is a gifted student who has taken a rigorous curriculum of gifted, honors and Advanced Placement classes. He says his favorite class is AP Physics B.

Angell's favorite class is AP Calculus BC. This school year, he is enrolled in seven AP classes and is involved in many extracurricular organizations, including Robotics, Mu Alpha Theta, Math Club and Spanish Club.

Mason Elementary teacher honored with science award

Shay Buchanan, a science specialist at Mason Elementary School, was recently honored as one of 10 motivational science teachers in the metro area.

The Siemens Science Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, recognize exceptional science teachers who go the extra mile to motivate and inspire their students. County science coordinators choose the teachers for their dedication, initiative and creativity.

Buchanan, who has been teaching for seven years, visits classrooms at Mason Elementary for 45 minutes of inquiry-driven science instruction. She works in a collaborative environment, so students use critical thinking and work together to solve problems and make real-world connections.

She also provides resources and training to the traditional classroom teachers at her school.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.