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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 PHS S.T.A.R. Student and Finalists!

Kaleigh Watters, a high school senior, has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program. Watters, daughter of Chris and Sue Watters of Jasper, selected Mrs. Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 56th 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 24,000 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 Watters plans to attend the Georgia Tech and major in business. Miss Watters states that she selected Mrs. Anderson as her STAR Teacher because – “even though she taught me in the third grade and throughout elementary school, what I learned from her has continued to impact me nearly a decade later. She believed whole-heartedly that I could succeed and placed a personal interest in me, both in and out of the classroom. To this day I can still remember the word puzzles she gave us, her daughters’ prom dresses that were offered for future use, and going to her house for end of the year parties”. Mrs. Anderson has taught for 32 years and she currently teaches at Harmony Elementary School. Mrs. Anderson states that “I was fortunate to have Kaleigh in my elementary classroom for several years and I would describe her as a beautiful girl with a contagious smile and love for learning”.

Kaleigh Watters and Mrs. Susan Anderson
The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, February 27, 2014. 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 24th 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 2014 Star Finalists are:
Student                    Teacher
Will Avant              Kelly McArthur
Ritchlan Hutchins   Andrea Yates
Will Lawson*         Clara Pantazopoulos
Jimmy Lee               Rodney Martin
Silas Lott                Adam Wharton
Haley Mathews**   Mary Land
Katie O’Shields      Tony Young
Jacob Stephens        Lynn Cantrell
Jeremy Thornton     Gail Culbreth

*PHS Validictorian
** PHS Salutatorian 

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