Luke Thomas Cannon School

Luke Thomas 

Luke Thomas, a junior at Cannon School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score, with a total of 36.

Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score, according to a press release from the ACT organization. 

In the U.S. high school graduating Class of 2018, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

Thomas, a Cornelius resident, is the son of David and Lisa Thomas.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. 

In a letter to the student, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”


ECU inducts local teacher into Hall of Fame

GREENVILLE – Miriam Grace Mitchell was inducted into the East Carolina University College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame Oct. 27.

The Cornelius resident was one of 35 educators and education advocates honored at the 20th annual ceremony on the ECU campus.

Each inductee was sponsored with a monetary gift of $1,000 or more in support of the College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship endowment. Annual interest from the endowment is used to fund merit-based scholarships for students. 


Davidson College ranks 30th in donation metrics

DAVIDSON – Davidson College is ranked 30th among U.S. colleges that are best at getting and spending donation money by Best Value Schools.

The ranking is based on evidence of the donation having an impact, the size of the entire donation, alumni donation amount and innovative use of the donation money.

In 2016, US News reported that 47.1 percent of students had donated in a two-year span. 


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