The STAR students, who are all seniors, are Jacqueline Campbell of Calhoun High School, Harley Barnette of Gordon Central High School and Benjamin Northup of Sonoraville High School.
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.
Campbell was selected as the system winner for the city school system and Northup was the system winner for the county school system.
The district STAR students will advance to the Regional Star Banquet on March 15 at the Coosa Country Club in Rome, sponsored by the Seven Hills Rotary Club. At this event, the students will be interviewed and their SAT scores reviewed. The highest scoring students in this group will advance to the state level.
The dinner took place at Velo Vineyard in downtown Calhoun and high school principals, along with administrators from each school, Calhoun Lions Club members and parents, attended the event.
During the ceremony, their STAR Teacher recognized each student at the event for his or her academic and extracurricular accomplishments at school and in the community.
Also at the dinner, Superior Court Judge David K. Smith of Calhoun, delivered a speech before the STAR students were presented with plaques. Smith gave seniors practical advice to follow now and in college.
“Don’t waste the last three months of high school. Those are three months you’ll never get back,” Smith said.
Since 1959, the Lions Club has hosted the a ceremony to honor STAR students and teachers.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educator’s Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education sponsor the STAR program, in its 53rd year.
Visit www.pagefoundation.org for more information about the STAR program.