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BCHS student earns perfect score on ACT

Lauren Keplinger, a junior at Braxton County High School, has accomplished something which few high school students do. Keplinger received a score of 36, the highest possible, on the ACT exam.
She explained that this was her third time taking the exam and that she hadn’t actually intended to take it a third time. “I took it in the eighth grade and made a 26,” she said. “When I took it as a sophomore, my score was 34, and I was happy with that, but my mom urged me to take it one more time so I did.”
Keplinger noted that she actually learned of her perfect score from her mother. “I was spending the night with a friend and was sleeping. My phone rang and woke me up.My mom sent me a picture of the email notice of my score. I hadn’t checked my email, but she did,” the student explained.
Comparing the attainment of her two high scores, Keplinger commented that she felt that Mrs. Collins “helped a lot in English and reading and Mr. T helped in science and math before he passed” for the test she took as a sophomore. To prepare for the last try, she “took a lot of practice tests at home” and thinks that’s what helped. Also, she took that test in Summersville and noted that “may have been a factor.”
Now that she has received the perfect score, she expects that will qualify her for more scholarships. As a result, she isn’t certain where she will pursue her college studies. “I want to be a surgeon, and I had planned to go to WVU, but with a higher score, I’ll probably go wherever the most money is. I don’t want any financial debt from undergrad school since medical school is so expensive,” she said.
At the high school, Keplinger, a student council member, is on the Science Bowl team and excels in Math Field Day competitions. Out of school, she is active in her church and volunteers with the younger children there.
The daughter of Dale and Melissa Keplinger, she said that, if she were to give advice to others about preparing for the ACT, “I would tell them to take advantage of the resources that schools have to offer and to do online practice.”


Board of Education holds
meeting, before meeting

The Braxton County Board of Education first meeting of 2020, on January 7, got off to a poor start. The meeting apparently started at 5:35 pm with two student expulsion hearings. According to Board President Jill Cooper, an executive session was called at 5:35 pm on a motion by Bradley Shingler with a second by DeAnna Whipkey.

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Jadyn Stewart joins elite
group of Braxton hoopsters

During the first quarter of the Eagles’ win over Calhoun last week, Braxton senior Jadyn Stewart reached one of his goals. Stewart scored his 1,000th point for his high school basketball career. Only 11 other Braxton players have attained that mark.

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Local 9-1-1 Center fields
astonishing number of calls

New equipment at Braxton Control, the county’s 9-1-1 communications center now allows John Hoffman, OES/9-1-1 Director to track calls coming into the center more precisely. “Previously, our equipment did not track call the way we can now,” Hoffman explained. The center fielded an astonishing 44,674 calls during 2019 which averages 122 per day.

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WVU Extension Service to
host Seed Starting Workshop

Have you had problems finding plants for those early or late plantings in your high tunnel? Have you ever wanted to start your own plants for your garden? Have you tried to start plants from seed and been frustrated with the results? Join us at a seed starting workshop to learn how to make 2020 a successful year getting plants started!

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