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STAR Students, Teachers from each High School to be Honored

Submission Date: February 5, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

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

(Release # 0027-02-2020)

STAR Students, Teachers from each High School to be Honored  

STAR Students, Teachers from each High School to be Honored

Henry County Chamber of Commerce to name overall STAR Student, Teacher at ceremony

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee is set to recognize 17 students and their chosen teachers at the annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) breakfast.  The students and their teachers were recently informed of their being recognized for this prestigious honor.

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 each local chamber of commerce takes on the local recognition ceremony with sponsorship support from various businesses in the community.

This year’s event will take place at Eagle’s Landing Country Club at 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 6.  The 2020 student and teacher honorees, along with their families and school administrators, will be treated to breakfast and a program honoring their hard work in school.

In order to be selected as the STAR Student for one’s high school, a high school senior must have the highest score on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of the class based on grade point average.

Each STAR Student also gets the opportunity to select a STAR Teacher to be honored alongside the student at the recognition event.  This teacher is usually the one who has had the most influence on the student’s academics in a school setting.  Students and teachers honored at the school level then have the chance to compete for the overall county STAR title.  If one earns the county-level title, then that student and teacher move forward to one of eight regional competitions and then possibly the state competition.

This is the 62nd year for the STAR program.  Since the beginning, the STAR program has recognized more than 24,000 students and their teachers from around the state.

The Henry County STAR Students and Teachers are as follows:

-  Bible Baptist Christian School – Gwynneth Hernandez (student), Sarah Kiel (teacher)

-  Community Christian School – Rebecca Mai (student), Beth Burer (teacher)

-  Creekside Christian Academy – Walker Davidson (student), Kimberly Williams (teacher)

-  Dutchtown High School – Parkaranjot Singh (student), Yamini Mital (teacher)

-  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy – Eunjin Choi (student), Minette Johnson (teacher)

-  Eagle’s Landing High School – Neha Singh (student), Julie Harrison (teacher)

-  Hampton High School – Ryhley Byrd (student), Carsa Tennant-Newell (teacher)

-  Locust Grove High School – Karly Feltman (student), Sandra Martin (teacher)

-  Luella High School – Ryan Cortes (student), Dean Goldgar (teacher)

-  McDonough High School – Izzy Abdelkadir (student), Alison Beecher (teacher)

-  New Creation Christian Academy – Jonas McClelland (student), Bonnie Gardner (teacher)

-  Ola High School – David Hill (student), Torrance McGee (teacher)

-  Stockbridge High School – Ian Walsh (student), Shantaia Covin (teacher) TIE

                                          McLain Barrett (student), Tony Rogers (teacher) TIE

-  Strong Rock Christian School – Will Miller (student), Rita Poole (teacher)

-  Union Grove High School – Abby Cornell (student), Ashleigh Eidson (teacher)

-  Woodland High School – Tamecka Marecheau-Miller (student), Cathryn Gammage (teacher)

For more information on the STAR Student Program, visit  For more information on the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, visit



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