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Monday, February 3, 2014

Optimist STAR Banquet scheduled for February 27th!

The 2014 STAR Banquet is set for Thursday evening, February 27th at Chattahoochee Technical College. The Optimist Club of Jasper is the local sponsor of the STAR Program. Kaleigh Watters has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she selected Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.

The PAGE STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and teachers are honored by their schools and receive recognition in their communities from one of the more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors for the STAR Program.

For over 25 years, the Optimist Club of Jasper has been the local sponsor of the STAR Program in Pickens County. The local program under the Optimist sponsorship is the largest and most unique STAR Programs in this statewide event. The Optimist not only recognizes the STAR Student and Teacher, but another 9 STAR Student and Teacher Finalist. These ten Pickens High School seniors have achieved the highest point scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, known as the “SAT” and are in the top 10 percent of the senior class. Each of the students in turn chose a teacher that has contributed the most to their achievements and academic success.

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 College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia. The Woodbridge Inn has catered this program since the Optimist Club started this unique program and will again this year. 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.

Paul Starr, a 1996 PHS Graduate and former STAR Finalist, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet.

The 2014 Star Finalists are:
Student                                  Teacher
Will Avant                            Kelly McArthur
Richlan Hutchins                  Andrea Yates
Will Lawson                        Clara Pantazopoulos
Jimmy Lee                            Rodney Martin
Silas Lott                              Adam Wharton
Haley Matthews                   Mary Land
Katie O’Shields                   Tony Young
Jacob Stephens                     Lynn Cantrell
Jeremy Thornton                   Gail Culbreth

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