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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Off the field success is just as important as on the field success for a student-athlete, and at the Grande Sports Academy home of the Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy Residential Academic Tutor Gary Shepler has created a program that prepares residential players for the important SAT and ACT admission college exams.
“Lauren Crum (Director of Academic and Personal Development) and Gary have set it up to where we go and take the ACT and SAT exams on Saturdays at school so we get practice in an actual environment,” said junior Duncan Storey. “Throughout the week, Monday through Thursday from 8:00-9:30, we sit down and do practice ACT problems.”
Shelper takes residential players from the Grande Sports Academy to Mission Heights Preparatory High School every other Saturday. There the players are put in a familiar environment with the same exact time and pace that they would experience in a real test.
“It’s helped us get extra practice in the areas we need to work on when we take the actual tests,” said Trent Lowe.
“I find it very impressive that boys who have a challenging schedule already will take and give up an entire Saturday morning to get their skills in line to take these tests both the ACT and the SAT,” said Shepler.
Residential players at the Grande Sports Academy are also given the opportunity to participate in study hall hours throughout the week where many of them have flourished and have been named to the “Grande Sports Academy 4.0 Club“.