The STAR student is the senior at each high school who scores the highest on the SAT during a single-day at-tempt and is also in the top 10 percent of their class, based on grade point average.
Each STAR Student picks a teacher for the STAR Teacher award, a program of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. The STAR Student and Teacher were recognized at a special banquet, sponsored by the Calhoun Lions Club, Tuesday at the Velo Vineyard in downtown Calhoun.
Bennett described Campbell as “hard working, excellent student - like an adult with a great work ethic.”
Campbell said she picked Bennett to be her STAR teacher because of his dedication to students, inside and out-side of the classroom; he is also a National Honor Society adviser.
Campbell’s score on the SAT was a 2200. A perfect score on the SAT is 2400. Ranked No. 3 in her class with a 4.0 grade point average, Campbell will be honored as one of four salutatorians at the 2011 CHS graduation in May.
She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Sigma Lambda society, HOSA, chorus, math club and math league. Throughout her high school career, Campbell has accumulated than 300 hours of community service.
As a National Honor Society member, she’s assisted in the 2010 Operation Christmas child, an international and evangelical organization operating under Samaritan’s Purse, that brings Christmas shoebox gifts to needy children in countries around the world.
Campbell wants to study at Lee University in the fall, double majoring in physiology and English. She has already been accepted to the school and will attend on a full scholarship. She is the daughter of Jack and Paula Campbell of Calhoun.
GC’s STAR Student: Harley Barnette
Senior Harley Barnette was awarded the STAR student title for Gordon Central High School; he picked history teacher Terry Allee as the winning teacher.
Allee described Barnette as “very determined, pretty quiet, well rounded and driven to do his best.”
Barnette said he picked Allee to be his STAR teacher because he makes learning fun and his relationship with Allee is an advisee.
“Mr. Allee has been my homeroom teacher all four years of high school. I just really like the way he teaches. He makes learning history fun,” Barnette said.
Barnette’s score on the SAT was a 1790. He is ranked No.12 in his class with a 3.88 grade point average.
He has been a member of the Warriors football team for four years and has lettered in football. He is also a member of FCA and FFA. Outside of school activities, Barnette works part-time at Shoney’s Restaurant in Calhoun as a server.
Barnette wants to study at Mercer University in the fall, majoring in pharmacy. He is the son of Phillip and Michelle Barnette of Calhoun.
SHS STAR Student: Benjamin Northrup
Benjamin Northrup earned STAR student status for Sonoraville High School; he picked science teacher Christina Long as the winning teacher.
“Benjamin is a very unusual student. He wants to know much more than the average student. He’s very focused,” Long said. “Everything he has done so far is to concentrate on physics. You don’t see that dedication in most peo-ple, especially a 17 or 18-year-old student.”
Northup said he picked Long to be his STAR teacher because she pushes him to be a better student.
“She’s the one I can count on to push me in the right direction and she keeps me giving 110 percent,” he said.
Northrup’s score on the SAT was a 1990. He is ranked No. 14 in his class with a 3.5 and above grade point aver-age.
He is a member of the academic bowl team, literary competition and FFA. As part of the Sonoraville FFA team, he was awarded a national championship, the agri-science award, for his senior botany project with partner Amber Kay.
Northrup wants to major in physics. He has already been accepted to Georgia Institute of Technology and is awaiting a reply from Yale University.
He is the son of Vince and Jeanette Northup of Ranger.