The Union Recorder

February 22, 2013

STAR program to distinguish students, teachers for achievements

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Local high school students and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic success will be recognized at the annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program luncheon next week sponsored by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce.

“The STAR program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The main purpose of the STAR program is to unite educators with the business and civic community to honor academic excellence,” local Chamber CEO April Bragg said. “Students are selected based on SAT test scores and grade point average.”

This year’s honorees include seniors Michael Watson of Baldwin High School, Davis Farr of John Milledge Academy and Elliot Fairbrass of Georgia Military College Prep School.

Since his freshman year, Watson has been involved with the school theater, Thespian Troupe #2187, the mock trial team and Baldwin Marching Pride, serving as trumpet section leader, selected to numerous District and Region Honor Bands, and participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All-State Chorus. He has been nominated for the Governor’s Honors Program in the area of social studies, and the Macon Telegraph’s Golden Eagle Award in the area of drama. Watson stays active within the community by assisting and tutoring with the Homework Helpers Ministry through Hardwick Baptist Church and Discipleship Christian Center. He was also a founding member of the school’s Political Science Club during his junior year. Watson will attend the University of Georgia in the fall as a political science major to pursue a career in teaching.

Farr is distinguished at JMA for maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school years and representing his class as one of the top three students. He has been involved in the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, varsity soccer, baseball, basketball and golf. Farr is currently completing college courses through joint enrollment at Georgia College. As his extracurricular activities, he enjoys mentoring youth to help them improve their reading skills through Teen Trendsetters, as well as aiding individuals in need during the annual River of Life event with the fellowship of community churches. Farr plans to also attend the University of Georgia and major in mathematics.

Fairbrass, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA and fourth in his class ranking, he has participated in School Government Association, Senior Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, marching band, Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Junior Cadet Leadership Camp, High School JROTC Battalion XO, varsity football, varsity soccer and in various community and church events and activities. He is a two-time recipient of the Character of the Week Award, has been nominated for membership in The National Society of High School Scholars, and achieved the Presbyterian College Academic Achievement Award, a Scholastic Athlete Award for football, Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader Award for more than 100 hours of community service, and numerous ribbons and awards for excellent performance as a JROTC cadet. With his family’s military background, he plans to use the discipline and skills learned through the GMC JROTC program to attend Georgia Tech or the United States Military Academy and major in mechanical or civil engineering in hopes to receive a commission in the United States Army.

The local STAR program is slated at noon Thursday at the Milledgeville Country Club as a joint meeting of the Milledgeville Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Through the Chamber’s Keystone Investor Program, GMC will be the presenting sponsor of the award ceremony, and GMC President Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan will issue a challenge to the young scholars and their inspiring teachers.

The PAGE Foundation received 514 nominations from public and private high schools across the state. After STAR students and teachers are announced in local communities throughout the state, Georgia’s 2013 State PAGE STAR student and teacher will be named at the annual banquet Monday, April 29 in Atlanta.

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