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February 26, 2014

STAR students, teachers distinguished Thursday

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce will honor three local high school seniors Thursday as part of the organization’s annual STAR student and teacher awards luncheon. 

STAR students Erin Elizabeth Harpe of Baldwin High School, Kevin Myers of Georgia Military College Prep and Julie Elizabeth Hinson of John Milledge Academy will each receive a plaque and cash scholarship. STAR teachers, John Stone (BHS), Jessica Jones (JMA) and Charles Myers (GMC) will also be recognized.

“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,” Chamber CEO April Bragg said. “Students are selected based on SAT test scores and grade point average.”

This year’s STAR program will once again be a joint meeting of the Milledgeville Rotary and Kiwanis clubs held at noon at the Milledgeville Country Club. 

The 2014 systemwide STAR student for Baldwin County will be awarded with a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of the achievement. 

BHS senior Harpe has maintained a 4.0 throughout her high school career, keeping her on the honor roll. She is a member of the Drama Club, Key Club, Beta Club, Baldwin Marching Pride, yearbook staff, various school productions and Magnolia State Bank Junior Board of Directors. She has also participated in Youth Leadership Baldwin and the Governor’s Honors Program as a mathematics alternate. Harpe plans to earn a Ph.D. in psychology at either the University of Alabama, Harvard, Princeton or Dartmouth. She hopes to become a psychologist or psychiatrist in the military.

GMC senior Myers has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout his high school years and is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Senior Beta Club/National Honor Society. He took part in the Governor’s Honors Program last summer. Myers plans to major in biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has already been accepted. After retirement, he hopes to become a professor of mathematics at a prestigious university.

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