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Club 21 rewards acheivement
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Club 21 is one of the many ways Polk County High School works to prepare students for college.
by Bailey Richardson
PCHS Correspondent

Club 21 is one of the many ways Polk County High School works to prepare students for college. The club is for students who have acquired a score of at least twenty-one on the ACT, an assessment that determines a student’s readiness for college, because it shows that they are ready for the majority of college level classes and it is a competitive score for scholarship applications.
The club offers reward incentives to members, such as, lunch meetings, college campus tours. Season passes to home sporting events, and educational trips when time allows.
According to Jenna McCarter, a senior member of Club 21, “I think Club 21 has been a positive influence on our high school because it encourages us to make a good ACT score in order to go on reward trips.” The club was started by Debbie Silvers two years ago and membership has doubled since.
The idea for Club 21 came about when Debbie Silvers was at a training session during the summer and a teacher from another school system mentioned to her that they were recognizing students who did well on the ACT and that they were seeing better scores because of this. It was after that when Debbie Silvers decided to start Club 21 at PCHS. Starting with only a few members, other students saw the incentives that they were receiving, and more students began to join with every test.
 One of the most important things that Club 21 offers to its club members is transportation to every ACT test available with no charge to the students. The students do not have the stress that would come with going alone and Debbie Silvers mentions, “I have noticed that the students tend to calm each other’s nerves when they go as a group.”
Another important aspect of the club is the college campus tours that are also free of charge to the students.
Club 21 has over fifty members now, including this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, Casey Combs and Jessica Maxwell, and more juniors are joining as they receive their test results. Debbie Silvers is available to help students, even those not in Club 21, with college, scholarship, or ACT related questions. “I try to make myself available as much as possible to help them with scholarship questions and filling out forms like the FAFSA that will give them the financial help many of them need for financing their college careers.”

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