STAR students honored at region event
By Linda Green

STAR students from 13 counties gathered in Thomson March 7 for the 2017 PAGE STAR Awards Banquet. The winners of Region 7 STAR Student and STAR Teacher were awarded at the conclusion of the annual banquet, which is sponsored by Georgia Power.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program recognizes high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.
At the March 7 banquet, the students spoke about themselves, where they planned to go to college, their intended major and what they desire as a vocation. The teachers spoke of the students and of the joy derived from teaching students such as the STAR student.
This year’s Region 7 STAR Student is Rachael Katharine Cundey of Lakeside High School. She is the Columbia County STAR Student, which is sponsored by the Harlem Woman’s Club. She selected David Arrington as her STAR Teacher.
“I am not sure where I plan to go to college. I have been accepted at Georgia College and Georgia Tech so far,” Cundey said. “I chose Dr. Arrington who’s taught me chemistry and anatomy. Dr. Arrington is an outstanding teacher because he teaches the students to have high expectations for themselves,” she said. “He helped me discover my own love of chemistry which I plan to major in college.”
Cundey and Arrington will move on to compete for the statewide honors as State PAGE STAR Student and State PAGE STAR Teacher Monday, April 24, in Atlanta.
Bobby Hildreth, Georgia Power’s Thomson area manager; Ann Stucke, president of the PAGE Foundation; and Judy Henry, of PAGE, presented the region award to Cundey and Arrington.
Each of the 13 students received $400 from PAGE and each teacher received $200 from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The students and teachers also received a gift and a certificate.
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PAGE officials Ann Stucke, at left, and Judy Henry, at right, flank Warren County’s STAR Student Conner Matthew Land and STAR Teacher Kayleigh Sheppard, of Briarwood Academy, after presenting them gifts.
McDuffie County’s STAR Student Jacob Derry and STAR Teacher Khrista Henry were awarded by PAGE officers Ann Stucke and Judy Henry.





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