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Burnley named 2012 STAR Student


By Reeder Burch

Optimist Club

Reuben Burnley of Jasper has been named the 2012 STAR Student of Pickens High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program. Burnley, the son of Sharri Tayman and Reuben Burnley, Sr., selected Mr. Patrick Gallagher as his STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.  Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

STAR Student Reuben Burnley (left) and STAR Teacher Patrick Gallagher.



Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact reservation coordinator, Rodney Buckingham, by e-mailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Banquet tickets are $22 per person and the dinner will be catered by the Woodbridge Inn.

State Representative Rick Jasperse of Jasper will be the guest speaker for the banquet.

This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists. This is the 22nd year the Optimist Club has had the opportunity to sponsor 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 STAR Student and Teacher finalists this year are:

Damien Allen - Todd Geren

Chandler Cook - Lauren Bail

Erin Hancock - Rodney Martin

Jordan Hill - Linda Weyman

Harrison Kreafle - Saralynn DeMarcus

Shannon O’Dell - Kevin Boyle

Brianna Russell - Lynn Cantrell

Shirley Shaw - Kevin Jacobs

Brooke Smith - Gail Culbreth

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