By BEN WRIGHT firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Page, a senior at Brookstone School in Columbus, was named the State PAGE Star Student at the Atlanta Hilton Wednesday night. " I feel elated," Allen said shortly after the announcement by judges for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation. "I could not believe it."
As Star student, Allen selected his science teacher, Dale Epperson, as the PAGE Star Teacher.
Allen, 17, receives a $5,000 scholarship. He plans to attend Davidson College in North Carolina but hasn't decided on a major yet.
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Epperson, the chairman of the science department at Brookstone, gets a $3,000 cash award. "It's such an honor to be associated with such a young man like Allen," Epperson said.
The PAGE honor was the fifth won by a Brookstone student in the 50 year history of the program. "No one is close to that," said Epperson, 51.
To get a STAR nomination, a student must score high on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent of the class.
Allen, the son of Edwin and Pam Page of Columbus, felt good after the interview process. "Apparently, my feeling was right," he said.
Allen said that Epperson had a big impact on him throughout high school. "He taught me three classes — honors chemistry, AP chemistry and neuro anatomy. I also want to give credit to the rest of the faculty." Will Whiteside of Columbus High School was a finalist for the honor. He is the son of school board member Fife Whiteside.