Teen with perfect ACT score launches free club to help others


Eighteen-year-old Dia Chawla is a short distance from your 12th high school at Pillow Academy, a private school in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Superstar of the tennis and volleyball team, Chawla is a recipient of a Heisman High School scholarship and leader of the State's Performing Arts team, achieving a perfect ACT score.

However, Chawla said in an interview with "Good Morning America" ​​that she believes there is skepticism in the testing standards used for admission to US colleges (the higher the student scores are. higher, the more likely they are to enter competitive colleges).

“I got 36 on ACT and did this ACT course for my students, but I hated ACT because I thought it was a bad test,” Chawla said.

“It's not a measure of intelligence. It's a measure of planning, and you have access to how to plan it,” he said.

According to ACT.org, fewer students receive lower ACT scores than free students. But they also have GPAs in high school and are more likely to be required to take a low-level course in high school.

Chawla said she saw the difference in herself by volunteering at the local Youth & Girls Club. He said he saw students in nearby public schools running out of equipment, needing homework and running out of resources such as reliable Wi-Fi. Due to differences, Chawla addressed the issue and formed the ACT Diversity Prep Club.

“It was one of the biggest issues that drove me to start classes and make them free. Resources are expensive and not everyone has access to them,” said Chawla.
Chawla said ACT scores are lower in public schools than in private schools, and the difference is something he means by giving others time to improve their scores.
The ACT Diversity Preparation Club invites students from both private and public schools to attend Chawla Sunday classes. Learn in a quiet location, use reliable Wi-Fi, and dine together. “These classes taught me a lot of differences that I had never seen before,” said Chawla.

"The students I teach have taken [geometry] out of the curriculum ... which is not something I can teach. It is a bigger problem because of the shortage of teachers and the finances have been successful, and this is just the start. And it can be a stepping stone to something more. "

As a young Indian living in Mississippi, Chawla said she looked forward to her role in helping people of color.

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