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Meet Patel Named Henry County STAR Student

Submission Date: February 23, 2018

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161,

(Release # 0036-2-18)

STAR STudent

Meet Patel Named Henry County STAR Student

Luella High School senior now up for regional award


HENRY COUNTY, GA – Luella High School senior Meet Patel was named Henry County STAR Student at the annual STAR Student and Teacher Banquet held at Eagle’s Landing Country Club on Friday, February 16.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education sponsor the STAR Program each year, but the Henry County Chamber of Commerce takes on the local recognition ceremony with sponsorship support from various businesses in the community. 

Patel earned the recognition by having the highest SAT score out of seniors in schools – public and private – throughout the county. For a student to be a STAR Student at their respective high school, that student must have the highest SAT score and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of the class based on grade point average. 

The 4.54 GPA honor student has not decided which post-secondary institution to attend just yet, but his top three choices are Yale, Harvard, and Pomona College. His goal is to study to become an evolutionary geneticist in hopes of helping with de-extinction efforts.

Dean Goldgar, math teacher at Luella High School, was selected by Patel as his STAR Teacher.  He said the honor was one of the more meaningful recognitions he has received in his career.

“It is a real honor to be chosen as Meet’s STAR Teacher,” said Goldgar. “It means that I’ve made a difference in a young person’s life.  It’s definitely nice to know I have helped inspire a student to be as successful as they can be.”

The two honorees will now move on to the regional competition in Newnan on Tuesday, March 20, for a chance to then move on to the state STAR Student and Teacher Program in Duluth on April 23.

This is the 60th year for the STAR Program.  Since its beginning, the STAR Program has recognized more than 26,500 students and their teachers from around the state.

The Henry County STAR Student and Teacher honorees are as follows:

-           Bible Baptist Christian School – Hallie Davis (student), Diane Pittman (teacher)

-           Community Christian School – Joseph Ashley (student), Dr. Sal Angelica (teacher)

-           Creekside Christian Academy – Mindy Chapman (student), Faith Parnell (teacher)

-           Dutchtown High School – Hunter McCormick (student), Dr. Ira Davis (teacher)


-           Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy – Jane Han (student), Judith Lockhart (teacher)

-           Eagle’s Landing High School– Dhruv Patel (student), Jennie Borders (teacher)

-           Hampton High School – Vincent Silva (student), Myranda Masters (teacher)

-           *Henry County High School – William Spradlin (student), Alison Beecher (teacher)

-           *Henry County High School – Jalen McDowell (student), Misty Leach (teacher)

-           Locust Grove High School – Hunter Mason (student), Ali Burch (teacher)

-           Luella High School – Meet Patel (student), Dean Goldgar (teacher)

-           New Creation Christian Academy – Ariel Ebaugh (student), Bonnie Gardner (teacher)

-           Ola High School – Ethan Zakrewski (student), Jeffery Burns (teacher)

-           Stockbridge High School – Jacy Scott (student), Joy Hebert-Woodward (teacher)

-           Strong Rock Christian School – Anna White (student), Tammy Sanders (teacher)

-           *Union Grove High School – Marissa McDonald (student), Dr. Melissa Davis (teacher)

-           *Union Grove High School – James Panaro III (student), Patricia Mann (teacher)

-           Woodland High School – Kavin Phan (student), Beth Gordon (teacher)

 *indicates a tie

For more information on the STAR Student Program, visit For more information on Henry County Schools, visit



Photo: Meet Patel (center) is surrounded by school system officials, family members and representatives from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce after being announced as the Henry County STAR Student.