by S. Purdom
Murray High School Selected as third-place finalist in ACT’s 2013 College and Career Readiness Campaign
Murray, Ky., May 21------On Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. at ACT’s national gala on College and Career Readiness, it was announced that Murray High School was selected as a third place finalist in ACT’s 2013 College and Career Readiness Campaign.
This national award selection was determined by using an objective process developed by ACT based on a nomination form submitted by the Kentucky Department of Education. Murray High School represented the state of Kentucky in the campaign.
Bob Rogers, Murray Independent School District superintendent, said this was a finale to a great 2012-2013 school year. ”Representing the high schools in the state of Kentucky and receiving national recognition is indeed an honor for our students, staff, and community. We are very humbled by this award.”
Rogers said the accolades started last fall when the MISD was recognized again for the 17th year in a row by the national School Match for the “What Parent’s Want Award,” and the 2013 MHS seniors were named eighth in the state for their ACT scores. Rogers explained the awards kept coming.
2012-2013 MISD AWARDS and Recognitions
• What Parents Want Award by School match consecutively since 1996
• ACT 8th in the State
• State Assessment District of Distinction by KBE: Only district west of Louisville
Explore and PLAN Test Scores
Plan-(5th place) 10th graders
Explore-(3rd place) 8th graders
• ACT awards MHS with its first College and Career Readiness Award the only high school in state
• U.S. News and World Report: Murray High School 13 out of the top 15 Kentucky schools earning silver status
• ACT announces Murray High School third place finalist in the nation’s high schools for College and Career Readiness
Teresa Speed, MHS principal, held the clear glass pristine statue in her hand smiling. “This is such a great end to the year, but we want first,” she explained. “My students said ‘we got the bronze this year,’ “
Speed made the private announcement to her staff in the closing day ceremony prior to the embargoed date. “I’m so so proud of all we do for our students every day,” she said. “It takes us all each day to help our students succeed.”
Speed and Rogers echo the sentiments of the MISD administration, parents, students and community members. During the 2013 Murray High School Baccalaureate, Paige Drew, the senior class treasurer, read a self-written speech titled “Once upon a Time.” Drew highlighted many of the 2013 Seniors heart-felt sentiments about their education.
“And once upon a time….a senior tried on a cap and gown just to check and make sure it fit and brought tears to everyone’s eyes….as thirteen years of education suddenly culminated into one final shining moment.
On behalf of the class of 2013, I use this opportunity to speak “to the family”. To OUR families. To thank our families. The words “thank you” seem inadequate of encompassing the depth and magnitude of it all. The magnitude of the preparation, training, and support you have given.
None of us would be here tonight, without all of you. Each and every one of you has made sacrifices, offered assistance, provided encouragement … … and loved us.
Every step of the way.
You’ve volunteered in classrooms and driven to and from school and every possible extra-curricular activity.
You’ve challenged us to strive to be just a little bit better, to reach farther, and to accomplish more.
We’ve all heard the silly quote that says “behind every good man there’s a good woman.” But tonight I’ll tweak it a little. Behind every graduate there’s a family.”
Kathy Carney, the mother of Alex Carney, a 2013 senior, said it best. Carney said the commute to and from Paris to Murray High School was hard at times when her daughter transferred to Murray High School from her Paris, Tenn., school. “But it was well worth the commute,” she explained. “When I glanced over to her during the honors ceremony at Murray High and saw her sitting with her friends and her best friend, Dheepha Loganthan, I smiled because she was accepted from the beginning. They (MHS) all took her in and she was not treated like an outsider.”
Alex will pursue an engineering degree this fall at either Murray State University or Vanderbilt University.