12 students recognized at annual Kiwanis Club of Gainesville luncheon

By Lauren Hunter Multimedia Journalist
Posted 2:56PM on Tuesday 25th January 2022 ( 2 years ago )

A dozen Hall County high school students named part of the Georgia Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program were recognized Tuesday afternoon during an annual luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville.

Nine students each represented a different high school within the Hall County School District, while the other three each represented Gainesville High School, Lakeview Academy and Riverside Military Academy. The students and their respective STAR teachers were presented with a framed certificate sponsored by the Gainesville Kiwanis.

Two students and two teachers out of the twelve were recognized as System STAR students and teachers. Flowery Branch High School student Leonardo Nunez and teacher Harmon Tison were recognized as the STAR Hall County System winners. Lakeview Academy student Garv Gaur and teacher Mikhail Lovell were recognized as the STAR Gainesville City System winners.

The full list of winners includes: 

Cherokee Bluff High School

Nicholas Ginac (student)

Jeremy Purdy (teacher)

Chestatee High School

Habram Alcantar (student)

Donald Landrum (teacher)

East Hall High School

Kevin Gonzalez (student)

April Gailey (teacher)

Flowery Branch High School

Leonardo Nunez (student)

Harmon Tison (teacher)

Johnson High School

Sarah Johnson (student)

Katie Maynard (teacher)

Johnson High School

Jasmine Munoz (student)

Megan Middleton (teacher)

Lanier Christian Academy

Haylie Ramsey (student)

John Pae (teacher)

North Hall High School

Lily Wallace (student)

Paul Johnson (teacher)

West Hall High School

Murray Moore (student)

Julie Pritchard (teacher)

Gainesville High School

Samuel Holt (student)

Chandra Karnati (teacher)

Lakeview Academy

Garv Gaur (student)

Mikhail Lovell (teacher)

Riverside Military Academy

Thanh Nguyen (student)

Marc Paglia (teacher)

The two system winners will be recognized again during the University of North Georgia’s College of Education Region 2 recognition on March 8.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the PAGE Foundation. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination. 

Each year, a STAR student is named at a participating high school and chooses their STAR teacher. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities.

Students then compete for school system recognition as the top STAR Student, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. 

In addition to recognizing one STAR student from each Hall County high school, the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville honored the STAR student and teacher named for the Hall County and Gainesville City systems. Pictured left to right: Mikhail Lovell, STAR teacher for Gainesville City system; Garv Gaur, STAR student for Gainesville City system; Harmon Tison, STAR teacher for Hall County system; and Leonardo Nunez, STAR student for Hall County system.

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