MHS ACT scores exceed state, national averages

Manhattan High students continue to exceed state and national averages on the ACT test.

The test is a curriculum-based achievement exam designed to measure the academic skills taught in school that are important for success in first-year college courses. The exam measures students in English, math, reading and science skills and combines the scores into a composite score. Universities typically tie admission and scholarships to the score, which ranks students on a scale that goes up to a perfect score of 36.

Manhattan High School’s 2019 composite score is 23.0, compared to the state average of 21.2 and the national average of 20.8. In 2018, the school achieved a 23.4 score while the state score was 21.6.

This year, the percentage of MHS ACT participants who met all four college readiness benchmarks was 37%, while the state rate was 27%

“We are happy that our students continue to score well on the ACT,” principal Michael Dorst said. “The ACT is an important gauge of college and career readiness for our students. These results reveal the work that is being done at all grade levels in USD 383. Thanks goes out to the many individuals who contributed to the ACT success of MHS students in 2019.”

Debaters take honors at Seaman

The Manhattan High School debate squad competed against six teams last weekend at the Seaman High School Debate Tournament in Topeka.

Four Manhattan High teams took honors in the Open Division at the competition: Elizabeth Kim and Kay Jay Jones placed second, Crysteen Brown and Ben Whitten placed fourth, Megan Long and Caden Hickel placed fifth and Jesse Jackson and Sebastian Balderson placed seventh.

In the novice division, Rilee Price and Gaving Starling finished fifth, and Madelyn Wallin and Abel Martinzes also competed in the division.