LAGRANGE, Ga. — Troup County's STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) students and teachers were named today at the Rotary Club of LaGrange meeting.
STAR honors the state's outstanding high school seniors, and the teachers who have been instrumental in their success. High school seniors ranked in the top ten percent of their class, who have the highest SAT score (from any one administration of the three-part SAT taken through December of the student’s senior year) are eligible for a STAR nomination. Those students in turn name their STAR teacher.
Every accredited Georgia high school is eligible to participate in STAR. The program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education
STAR students compete locally for system titles. System winners then vie for regional honors in the 12 STAR regions. Those winners and their teachers are then honored in Atlanta where STAR students compete for scholarships and awards.
Troup County STAR students and teachers were announced at the Rotary Club's meeting at the Highland Country Club on Wednesday. Students shared their prepared remarks about their most memorable educational experiences, how they will serve others and why they choose their STAR teacher.
This year's STAR winners are:
- Daniel Lamar Meadows, of Callaway High School, who named Mary Helen Terrell as his STAR teacher.
- David Pratt Sellman, of LaGrange High School, who named Ruth Ann Wilson-Jones as his STAR teacher.
- Zachary Todd Latimore, of Troup High School, who named Chance Giddens as his STAR teacher. Todd was also named the Troup County STAR winner. He will go on to compete for a regional title.
- Mary Catherine Wilder, of LaGrange Academy, who named Janice Ingram as her STAR teacher.
- Jonathan Michael Marshall, of LaFayette Christian School, who named John Cipolla as his STAR teacher.