Mildred High School and Dawson High School have received the “2012 College Readiness Award” from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the SCT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness. The Texas ACT Council is comprised of secondary and post-secondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Texas schools and colleges. ACT, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development and the publisher of the ACT Assessment. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Texas. In 2012, over 39 percent of Texas graduating high school seniors took the ACT in Texas while the total number of Texas students taking the ACT has increased over 40 percent since 2008.
According to Karen L. Pennell, assistant vice president and ACT Southwest Regional Manager, “The Texas ACT Council wanted to recognize those Texas high schools that have made significant strides in increasing the college and career readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past five years. This can only happen as a result of the high school’s faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Mildred and Dawson High School students and parents to focus on college and career readiness and raise the level of academic readiness for all students,” she said. “Only 170 high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment which represents only nine percent of all Texas high schools. These outstanding Texas high schools should be proud of their faculty, staff and students. Congratulations!”
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TAPPS football, Corsicana a match
It came as one of those calls from out of the blue. The state’s largest private school athletic organization had hopes of leaving cavernous Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco for smaller, yet sleek confines for its three state football championships. Corsicana landed on the radar.
Corsicana Christmas Parade set for 6 p.m. start
The Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Corsicana will go on as scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday. That's the word Saturday from parade organizer Dennis Thornberg, who said while the weather wil be cold, it should be dry at parade time.
Sheriff's Corner: November another busy month for sheriff's office
The Sheriff's Office answered 1,359 calls for service in November that included 121 loose livestock calls, 17 burglary motor vehicle, 8 burglary of building and 16 residential burglaries. The N.C.S.O. Dispatch received 1,847 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month. There were 310 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice center.
Divided Attention: Thomas McNutt has ties to both teams in TAPPS DIII title game
Without conviction, Thomas McNutt would probably be in Chapel Hill, N.C. Instead, the 23-year-old Texas A&M graduate is here, in Corsicana, learning the family business at the Collin Street Bakery. For an evening, he’ll get to relive some of the greatest memories of his life, and make a few more. When Dallas’ First Baptist Academy faces Bryan’s Brazos Christian School for the TAPPS Division III state championship at Tiger Stadium Monday, McNutt will be there.
But who will he root for?
Weather stirring things up
About 93 homes were without power Friday afternoon in Northwestern Corsicana, on streets around Forrest and Cambridge, the result most likely of ice on lines and in nearby trees.Sporadic outages had been reported around Corsicana, most of them caused by trees limbs sagging under the weight of ice and pulling on power lines, said Pat Ann Wilson, spokeswoman for Oncor.
Annual Navarro County Toy Run bike ride off, but effort to go on
The eighth annual Navarro County Toy Run will ride on. Well, not the ride part. It has been canceled thanks to the weather. Collecting toys and cash for kids around the area is alive and well. The toy drive, spearheaded by the Wind & Fire (firefighters) and Blue Knights (police officers) motorcycle clubs, will go on Saturday despite the fact Mother Nature did not cooperate.
Police wives’ group chipping in with toy drive before parade
These ladies stay busy. They park cars at community events. Host fundraisers. Help out families. You know, the good stuff for mankind. Saturday, they intend to brave the cold in downtown for needy children in the community. The Corsicana Police Officers’ Wives Auxiliary is teaming up with Double Trouble Duds for a toy drive before the parade Saturday. And yes, Santa will be there.
Downtown lighting canceled; parade marches on
The downtown lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday night has been canceled, according to Main Street Director Steve Dieterichs.
The Christmas Parade, hosted by the Festival of Lights, will go ahead as planned on Saturday night, according to Dennis Thornberg, parade organizer.
Road conditions, weather likely to get worse through day
Navarro County avoided the large accumulations of ice overnight, but that could soon change. Temperatures managed to stay above freezing for the most part, and most roads are clear. A wave of heavy rain mixed with sleet and thunder just rolled through, and temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day.
Collins remembered Thursday
A man whose name is synonymous with education in Corsicana was recognized at a special breakfast Thursday at the Collins Catholic School.
James L. Collins died 60 years ago December 8, but his legacy lives on in the children of the community.
Gloria Gillen’s four children attended the Collins Catholic School and went to college on Collins Scholarships. She was among those at the breakfast Thursday.
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