Students from West Hall High School and Lakeview Academy have been named STAR Students from the Hall County and Gainesville area school systems.
The Gainesville Kiwanis Club continued a longstanding tradition of paying tribute to all STAR Students and STAR Teachers from Hall County and Gainesville on Tuesday, Feb. 13, honoring each one with a framed certificate at a special luncheon.
As part of the ceremony, STAR Student Ashley Nelson of West Hall High School with STAR Teacher Anna Jackson and STAR Student Coleman Pethel of Lakeview Academy with STAR Teacher Debra Zwald received special recognition as System STAR Students and STAR Teachers. The system STAR Student is selected based on SAT score.
Nelson and Pethel will now compete at the regional level for STAR honors.
The Region 2 STAR Recognition Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2018 at the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus. Region 2 consists of 12 counties or school systems in the North Georgia Mountains including: Dawson, Fannin, Gainesville City, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, White and Mountain Ed. Charter School System.
After the Region 2 STAR Student winner is announced at the Recognition Banquet on March 21, that student will compete for the Georgia State STAR Student, which will be announced on Monday, April 23 at the State Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) STAR Banquet. Besides the SAT scores, other factors play a significant role in determining the State PAGE STAR Student including: scholarships, academic ability, leadership, citizenship, personal objective, extracurricular activities, personal philosophy, initiative, opinions and attitudes.
Other students honored at Tuesday's Kiwanis luncheon were:
County System School STAR Students and STAR Teachers:
- Chestatee High School - Tess Mosley and Mrs. Adrienne West
- East Hall High School - Kristy Ward and Ms. Rosalind Verrill
- Flowery Branch High School - Ellie Luciani and Mrs. Laura Novotny-Beaver
- Johnson High School - Valeria Lopez and Mrs. Christine Skogsberg
- Lanier Christian Academy - Will DeMersseman and Dr. Doug Waltman
- North Hall High School - Bartley Forrester and Mr. Tony Wagner
- West Hall High School - Ashley Nelson and Mrs. Anna Jackson
City System School STAR Student STAR Teachers:
- Gainesville High School - Anita Medepalli and Dr. Nantheyyen Ramachandran
- Lakeview Academy - Coleman Pethel and Mrs. Debra Zwald
- Riverside Military Academy - Runyi Wang and Mr. Dennis Bagwell