The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program has honored nearly 25,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.
In the mid-1990's the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation was asked by the Georgia Chamber and the State Department of Education to assume responsibility for the oversight, administration and promotion of the statewide STAR program. PAGE's 90,000-plus members and the PAGE Foundation Board of Trustees are privileged to continue the tradition of recognizing Georgia's future leaders and honoring the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math and writing sections. Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher. High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and system STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions. Region winners and their STAR Teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR scholarships and awards.
For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with 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 2016 STAR Banquet will also honor the STAR Student from Mountain Education Charter High School. Shea Hammontree is the 2016 STAR Student at MECHS and she chose Mrs. Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher. Hannah Kilpatrick is the STAR Student for Pickens High School and she chose Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.
The 2016 STAR Finalists from PHS are:
Anne Brown-Goolsby Leah VanDoran Cohen
Sadie Cornett Ted Estes
Christopher DensmoreRhonda Lane
Chris DiPuma Pam Parker
Logan Fountain Gail Culbreth
Kayla Low Michael Oubre
Austin Massey Kelly McArthur
Ginny Morris Christi Hobgood
Andres Torres Tonya Russo
The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at:
Chattahoochee Technical College
100 Campus Drive
Jasper, GA 30143
The banquet begins at 7:00 PM.
Reservations are required for the events.