Five Central High School students were given the celebrity treatment in celebration for their academic honors this week.

The students were rewarded for making composite scores of 30 or higher on the American College Testing, better known as the ACT.

“We want to celebrate that success,” said Central principal Clarence Sutton, Jr. “We celebrate those who scored 30 or higher on the act on their first time.”

That celebration included a limousine waiting outside for the students who were treated to lunch at Avenue Pub.

“It’s crazy,” Alexa DeCaro, one of the five students said. “You don’t expect to see a limo outside of your school.”

Fellow student Destiny Clark agreed.

“It was definitely exciting,” Clark said. “It was a good surprise.”

Demonstrating pride and praise toward students who earn these honors is one way in which Sutton wants to encourage high standards and positive influences between his students.

“The peers are the No. 1 example and influence to other students,” Sutton said. “We have been off of the failing schools list for two years now. I don’t see us going back because students like this are thriving and being successful for our wonderful school.”

The festivities were made possible by Allstate Coley Agency, Crown Limousine and Avenue Pub. The students were excited and thankful for this recognition.

“I am glad they are recognizing the effort we put in,” said Jakob Riches, who made a perfect score of 36. “It was very nice of them.”

One of the students owed it to his educators and mentors who have implemented a college-ready curriculum at Central, which he said helped his test preparation tremendously.

“I’m thankful that Central has done such a good job of preparing all of us for taking the ACT and going to college and into the work force,” Ben Trost said.

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