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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 26, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Caleb Webb, a junior at Benton High School, earned a 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. He is the first student in the school’s history to do so.

Benton High School junior achieves a 36 on his ACT exam

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

BENTON — Caleb Webb has made history at Benton High School. He has earned a 36 composite score on the ACT college entrance exam. “He’s the first one we have ever had,” said Lita Gattis, high school principal. “We’ve had students make 35s and 34s, but this is a first for us. It’s a big deal for us.” Webb, the 17-year-old son of David and Karen Webb, is a junior at Benton High School. He first took the ACT when he was in the seventh grade... READ MORE

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