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Monday, January 28, 2013

STAR keynote speaker: CEO of the Atlanta Dream

Ashley Preisinger 1989 PHS Valedictorian!
We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for our 2/28/13 STAR student banquet will by Ashley Preisinger! Ms. Preisinger is a 1989 PHS Alumna and Valedictorian. Here is what she has been up to lately:

Ashley Preisinger was named CEO of the Atlanta Dream on Oct. 1, 2012, after spending 17 years as an Atlanta-based business executive. In her role with the Dream, she oversees all aspects of the team including sales, finance and basketball operations.

Preisinger came to the Dream from Homrich Berg, where she served as Director of Client Development and Marketing for the independent wealth management firm since 2008.
Prior to that, Preisinger spent 11 years and was a Partner at Invesco (1996 – 2007), a global investment management organization with over $650 billion in assets under management.

In 2008, Preisinger was chosen as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Under 40. She is actively engaged in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Zoo Atlanta and was Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Shakespeare organization in 2012. In 2010, Ashley chaired the "Hope and Will Ball" for the benefit of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She was also selected to participate in Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010.

Preisinger graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in international politics.  She received her MBA with honors in finance from Emory University in 1996.  In 2000, she received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Ashley lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters and enjoys watching Atlanta Dream games, skiing, hiking and shooting sporting clays. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mollie Shaw named 2013 PHS STAR Student!

Mollie Shaw, a PHS senior, has been named the 2013 STAR Student of Pickens High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program.  Shaw, daughter of Tom and Maggie Shaw, selected Mrs. Debbie Grimes as her STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.  Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Miss Shaw plans to attend the University of North Georgia after graduation and will major in nursing.  She also plans to compete on the Cross Country Team.  Miss Shaw states that she selected Mrs. Grimes as her STAR Teacher because Mrs. Grimes helped her realize that health care was the right career path for her.  Mrs. Grimes has taught for 31 years and she currently teaches Health care Science and Technology at Pickens High School.

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.  Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact reservation coordinator, Rodney Buckingham by e-mailing him at rodneypcldo@yahoo.com. Banquet tickets are $22.00 per person.

This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists.  This is the 23rd year the Optimist Club has sponsored the largest and most unique local STAR Banquet in this statewide program.  In the local program, the Optimists not only recognize the STAR Student and Teacher, but an additional nine STAR Student and Teacher Finalists. 

 The 2013 Star Finalists are:

Student                      Teacher

Taylor Boggus*           Tammy Duncan
Eleanor Boothe           Marcia Wright
Christopher Leicht       Gail Culbreth
Rebecca Hyatt            Rodney Martin
David Lee                  Will Nix
Gabriel Lott               Tony Young
Elizabeth Ray             Lynn Cantrell
Brett Robertson          Angela Quarles
Amber Shields**         Kevin Jacobs

*PHS Valedictorian
**PHS Salutatorian

Monday, January 14, 2013

"STARS" about to shine!

Who are this year's STAR students?
They will be unveiled very soon!
Check out last year's STARS in the mean time:

Student Teacher Achievement Recognition

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - The year of the Optimist

The title is redundant, because in truth, every year is the year of the Optimist.
Don't forget breakfast, Thursday 1/3/13!