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March 4, 2013

                       Students Win College Scholarships
                for Their ACT High School Video Contest Entries

IOWA CITY, Iowa-ACT has announced the winners of its annual high school video
contest for 2013. The winners receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to

The 10 winning videos were selected from entries submitted from students in 36
different states. First- and second-place prizes were awarded in five

The winners are:

      Category             Name 
School Location +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |1st|Matthew Hsu |High Technology High |Lincroft, N.J. | | | | |School | | | Test-Day Tips +---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |2nd|Kelly |Sycamore High School |Sycamore, Ill. | | | |Leifheit | | | +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |1st|Alexis Bradby|Maryville High School |Maryville, Tenn. | | Photo IDs +---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |2nd|Hannah |Prior Lake High School|Prior Lake, Minn.| | | |Gilbert | | | +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |1st|Aaron Maxey |Prosper High School |Prosper, Texas | | Cheating is Wrong +---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |2nd|Vineeth Mohan|Clovis North High |Clovis, Calif. | | | | |School | | +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |1st|Breahna |John Paul II High |Irving, Texas | | The ACT English | |Gibbons |School | | | Test +---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |2nd|Cherilyn |Homeschooled |Taylors, S.C. | | | |Rainer | | | +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |1st|Ian Brock |Urban Prep Charter |Chicago, Ill. | | | | |Academy | | | ACT Test Myths +---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ | |2nd|Shelby |Gautier High School |Gautier, Miss. | | | |Knighten | | | +-------------------+---+-------------+----------------------+-----------------+ The two-minute or shorter videos were judged on overall content (50%), creativity (25%) and visual appeal (25%). ACT may use the winning videos to encourage high school students to plan and prepare for college and the ACT Test. To view the winning entries, visit The first-place winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, and the second-place winners will each receive a $500 scholarship. Contest entrants were 11th and 12th grade high school students who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college in the next two years. The students who won first place provided details about their contest entries. Matthew Hsu, a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., created his winning video to convey the dos and don'ts of test preparation. His side-by- side images show recommended test preparation tips in color, alongside black and white images of what not to do. Hsu plans to study computer science in college. Alexis Bradby, a junior at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn., hopes to study film production upon graduation. For her video on the topic of how to submit a photo ID to register for the ACT Test, Bradby recruited friends to demonstrate valid photo selection. Aaron Maxey chose the topic of why cheating on exams is wrong for his winning video. His goal was to convey important information in an entertaining and creative manner. Maxey hopes to study cinematic arts after graduating this spring from Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas. Breahna Gibbons created her video to help ACT Test takers with the English portion of the exam. She used creative animation, motion and color to create a visually appealing, simple and straightforward message. A senior at John Paul II High School in Irving, Texas, Gibbons would like to study business marketing in college. Ian Brock chose a question/answer interview format for his video entry, created to debunk common myths about the ACT Test. Brock hopes to study criminal justice at Morehouse College in Atlanta after graduation from Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago this spring. # # # About ACT ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization with a 53-year history of generating data-driven assessments and research. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, and with offices throughout the world, ACT is trusted for its continual development of next generation assessments that determine college and career readiness and provide the most advanced measure of workplace skills. To learn more about ACT, go to Contact: Katie Wacker, ACT Public Relations 319.337.1013; This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: ACT, Inc via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1682812]

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