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Editorial: April 27, 2011

The topic: High achievements
Our view: Local youth shines through

Rebecca Hinkle and Kayla Doyle go to different schools, but they are linked by this common denominator: They are high-achieving high school students in Hardin County.

Hinkle is a junior at Elizabethtown High School and Doyle is a senior at Central Hardin High School. Their recent accomplishments in and out of the classroom are worth recognizing by all.


How rare is it for a high school student to earn a perfect score of 36 on the American College Test?

Generally about one-tenth of 1 percent of all students taking the test earn a 36, according to the ACT. Of the nearly 1.6 million test-takers from the 2010 graduating class, 588 earned a perfect mark.

Count Hinkle among those who find themselves in rare company from around the United States.

The educational opportunities that will now be open to Hinkle are limitless as she charts her career path.

Hinkle's perfect score is a rare and impactful accomplishment on the area academic world and one we should celebrate with her.


A big part of Doyle's life is in the JROTC at Central Hardin.

She is Central's Cadet Battalion Commander and is coming off a successful appearance last month in the 7th Brigade JROTC Drill Meet here. With schools from five states competing, Cadet Lt. Col. Doyle won both individual events in the armed and unarmed competitions.

In the armed event, she beat out about 350 competitors. In the unarmed, she was the finest of nearly 500 participants, becoming the first to win both events in the meet's 17-year history.

Doyle is another strong academic achiever. She carries a 3.97 grade point average and ranks 12th in class of 373, said Central ROTC Leader Col. Roland Haun.

She plans to attend Western Kentucky University.