Highland High School Junior Zach Plocher was prepared to take his college entrance exam The American College Test on Saturday morning.
His #2 pencils were sharpened. His lunch was packed. Identification and registration were in hand.
Donna and Dennis Plocher, Zach's parents, watched the Internet and television to see if the snowstorm would cancel the ACT that he was registered to take at Southwestern Illinois College. They didn't find a cancellation.
Donna and Dennis Plocher didn't want their 16-year-old driver to make the trek on hazardous roads on his own. So, the Plochers headed for Belleville at 5:40 a.m.
"My husband is a pretty good driver and he was a little unnerved at some points during the drive," Donna Plocher said. "A couple of times we almost turned around."
They arrived at the testing site at 6:50 a.m. --- 10 minutes before registration was set to begin. A maintenance man told them the test was canceled at 6:30 a.m.
"It was horrendous," Donna Plocher said. "I was livid."
The family headed back to Highland.
The winter storm also forced the ACT to be canceled at other schools across the metro-east and St. Louis, including O'Fallon Township, East St. Louis and Alton.
Students will be notified of the rescheduled test date, according to the ACT website.
Zach Plocher, who hopes to attend college at McKendree University, plans to major in sports management.