Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran recognized the Madison Central students who have gained entry into the school’s 30+ Club for scoring a 30 or higher on the ACT. The city hosted a reception Tuesday to honor the 98 students for their academic success.
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran recognized the Madison Central students who have gained entry into the school’s 30+ Club for scoring a 30 or higher on the ACT. The city hosted a reception Tuesday to honor the 98 students for their academic success.
Both recognition and the membership keep growing for the 30+ Club at Madison Central High School.

The city of Madison, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and the school's PTO honored the almost 100 members of the new club who have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, college entrance exam.

"I know something good and wonderful is happening at Madison Central," Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said at a reception Tuesday at the school to honor the sophomores, juniors and seniors in the club.

The purpose of the 30+ Club is to recognize students who are among the top 5 percent in the nation taking the ACT, which has a high score of 36. Colleges use the ACT to determine not only college acceptance but also to determine scholarships. At the larger state universities, a score of 30 or higher usually equates to a four-year scholarship.

Based on their ACT scores this year, 98 students so far have joined the club since Madison Central leaders founded it in January. The number will keep climbing, principal Austin Brown said, since the entire junior class took the ACT on Wednesday.

"We do know getting into the club is something that students -- not yet at a score of 30 -- are striving for," Brown said. "The 30+ Club has resonated with our students."

At Tuesday's ceremony, the city of Madison, a sponsor of the club, presented students with certificates recognizing their academic achievements.

Butler saluted the students' accomplishments, telling them how proud the city is of their dedication in learning.

"You're about to embark on the most important time of your life," she said. "What you've done here, with the support of your parents and the faculty, makes you well equipped to graduate and become whatever you want to be.

"I'm one proud mayor," Butler said.

Cochran also congratulated the students on their academic accomplishments, saying that in Madison people are serious about their families and school.

"I'm pleased to congratulate these students on all their accomplishments," he told them. "They're going to expect good things from you and those scores prove you're up to it. I firmly believe you're on your way to an exciting stage of life."

Madison County Superintendent of Education Ronnie McGehee said Tuesday's ceremony was well earned by the students for their hard work. "It's a great recognition for a job well done by the students, faculty and staff.

"Our kids are seeing the benefits of academic success," McGehee said.