STAR student Michael Land and STAR teacher Gail Culbreth.
By Reeder Burch,
Michael Land of Jasper has been named the 2011 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program. Land, the son of Brent and Melissa Land, selected Gail Culbreth as his STAR Teacher.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 53rd 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 22,000 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% or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
Former Pickens High School STAR Student, Dr. John Chastain, will be the guest speaker for the banquet. Chastain, a 1994 graduate of PHS, was the STAR Student of his class and chose his mother, Kaye Chastain, as his STAR Teacher. Chastain is a physician in Atlanta.
This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists. This is the 21st 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:
Jessica Bell - Susan Anderson
Jessica Bradley - Martha Kinney
Lauren Fann - Danny McCormick
Taylor Goble - Lynn Cantrell
Sara Rooker - Shea Byers
Emily Talley - Kevin Jacobs
Alberto Torres - Patrick Gallagher
Jamie Waterman - Carissa Parker
Carly Wood - Mary Land