Mount Vernon-Enola High School was recognized with the "2012 College Readiness Award" from the Arkansas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT college entrance exam in the past five years and for increasing "their level of achievement and college readiness," according to a recent news release.

The school raised its college readiness by 1.1 points to receive the award, according to the Council. Only 20 high schools statewide were honored with the award this year.

"The Arkansas ACT Council wanted to recognize those Arkansas high schools that have made significant strides in increasing the college and career readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past five years," said Karen L. Pennell, assistant vice president and ACT Southwest Regional manager in a news release. "This can only happen as a result of the high school’s faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Mount Vernon-Enola High School students and parents to focus on college and career readiness and raise the level of academic readiness for all students."

The Council is made of secondary and postsecondary educators who advise ACT, Inc., on using ACT programs and services in Arkansas schools and colleges. The group is the not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information and program management services in areas of education and workforce development and is the publisher of the ACT Assessment.

The Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Arkansas for entrance into college. In 2012, more than 88 percent of Arkansas students took the ACT, which is the predominant college admissions and readiness achievement test in the state.