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Incline High senior a semifinalist for national ACT award

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IHS senior Ella Breider will attend Wellesley College this fall.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The semifinalists for the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign include an impressive array of students who challenge themselves, high schools and community colleges that defy expectations and businesses committed to educational and career advancement for their employees and communities.

A national selection committee composed of seven education and workforce leaders recently chose four semifinalists in each of four categories: Student Readiness (high school senior), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer).

Among the 2016 semifinalists is Incline High School senior Ella Breider (in the Student Readiness category), who will be attending Wellesley College this fall.

Physics and poetry are two of Breider's most ardent areas of interest, and she has managed to earn straight As taking college-prep classes while regularly working part time to support her college plans.

Ella has been a leader in her school, serving as president of her school's National Honor Society chapter, president of her class in both her freshman and junior years and as Incline High School's student body president.

"When I was younger, I felt as though I was a victim of circumstance, but my struggles have taught me that despite where I come from, I can always grow and learn," Breider said.

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She is a varsity athlete in both tennis and soccer, and she also serves on the Washoe County School District Student Advisory Board, working with her high school peers and school district officials across Nevada to improve educational policies and practices for all students.

The four national exemplars will be announced and celebrated at the 2016 ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in late June, where all semifinalists (Breider included) and state exemplars will be recognized.

"By setting clear goals and tracking measurable progress towards achieving them, all of this year's exemplars are having a tangible and meaningful impact on the education and economic advancement of their states," said Jeremy Anderson, chair of the campaign's national selection committee and president of Education Commission of the States.

This article was provided by the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. Visit act.org/readinesscampaign to learn more.