Demopolis BOE recognizes student achievements

Published 9:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Demopolis Board of Education began its Oct. 16 meeting by recognizing two groups of students for their accomplishments.

The first to be recognized was the Demopolis Middle School volleyball team who finished their season at 14-1. Head coach Jack Gantt thanked the board for recognizing the hard work his team put in during their season.

“These young ladies are more than athletes,” said Gantt. “They represent Demopolis City Schools at the highest standard. Everywhere we go we get compliments on how they handle themselves on and off the court. They also take care of their business in the classroom.”

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Gantt said that in a two-year span, the DMS volleyball team has only lost two games.

“They know what winning is about. This is our future and we’re looking forward to something special out of this group,” said Gantt.

The second group to be recognized were students who, as stated by Superintendent Tony Willis, “went above and beyond” in their performance on standardized tests.

U.S. Jones Elementary students Ava Dussett, Camilla Stokes, and Paisley Lawrence all scored perfect scores on their ACAP tests. Charlie Grace Card (far right) scored a perfect 36 on the Reading portion of the ACT. Photo by Andrea Burroughs.

Willis said most people are familiar with the ACT, which can be taken multiple times. But there is one time that the state requires students to take it during their junior year. Charlie Grace Card went beyond expectations and scored a perfect 36 on the Reading portion of the ACT.

Yamilet Galvan had a perfect score on her ACAP test as a sixth grader. Photo by Andrea Burroughs.

Four other students received perfect scores on their ACAP (Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program) test, which is basically the equivalent of the ACT that is given to students in second grade through eighth grade. Seventh grader Yamilet Galvan had a perfect score as a sixth grader, and the remaining students who attend U.S. Jones Elementary, were fifth grader Ava Dussett, fourth grader Camilla Stokes, and third grader Paisley Lawrence.