Henry County STAR student named

From left, Annette Edwards, Henry County BOE member; Rita Prescott, STAR teacher; Kyle Carden, Henry County STAR student; Mary Elizabeth Davis, Henry County Schools superintendent; Sharon Ponder, Henry County Chamber of Commerce board chair; and David Gill, Henry County Chamber of Commerce president. (Special Photo)

McDONOUGH — Union Grove High School senior Kyle Carden was named Henry County STAR Student at the annual STAR Student and Teacher Banquet held at Eagle’s Landing Country Club on Friday.

Carden earned the recognition by having the highest SAT score out of seniors in schools – public and private – throughout the county. For a student to be a STAR Student at their respective high school, that student must have the highest SAT score and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of the class based on grade point average.

After graduating from high school, the honor student plans to attend the California Institute of Technology and major in applied physics. His goal is to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. so he can become a professor and researcher in the field of applied physics.

Rita Prescott, German teacher at Union Grove High School, was selected by Carden as his STAR Teacher. She was at a loss for words when describing what it means to be selected by a student for this honor.

“I am beyond honored at the fact that he selected

me,” said Prescott. “I think it is terrific that he is letting me share this experience with him.”

The two honorees will now move on to the regional competition in Newnan on March 14, for a chance to then move on to the state STAR Student and Teacher Program in Duluth on April 29.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education sponsor the STAR Program each year, but the Henry County Chamber of Commerce takes on the local recognition ceremony with sponsorship support from various businesses in the community.

This is the 61st year for the STAR Program. Since its

beginning, the STAR Program has recognized more than 26,500 students and their teachers from around the state.

The Henry County STAR students and teachers are as


• Bible Baptist Christian School – Louange Amemegbaleo (student), Jennifer Bass (teacher)

• Community Christian School – Chloe Gilkesson (stu

dent), Beth Burer (teacher)

• Creekside Christian Academy – Mikaela Relford (student), Felicia Courtland (teacher)

• Dutchtown High School – Torren Thomas (student), Rajeswari Narasimhan (teacher)

• Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy – Dhruti Trivedi (student), Judith Lockhart (teacher)

• Eagle’s Landing High School – Raena Prude (student), Chansi Coleman (teacher)

• Hampton High School – Julia Underwood (student), Sean Brumfield (teacher)

• Henry County High School – Eyoel Betre (student), Uriel Richardson (teacher)

• Locust Grove High School – Joshua Duffey (student), Shelia Gatlin (teacher)

• Luella High School – Matthew Grant (student), Davi

d Collart (teacher)

• New Creation Christian Academy – Jaron Anderson (student), Bonnie Gardner (teacher)

• Ola High School – Emma Stacey (student), James McDonald (teacher)

• Stockbridge High School – Maxwell Askew (student),

Joy Hebert-Woodward (teacher)

• Strong Rock Christian School – Matthew McCracken (student), Nathan Boles (teacher)

• Union Grove High School – Kyle Carden (student), Rita Prescott (teacher)

• Woodland High School – Hannah Perryman (student)

, Cassaundra Bell (teacher)

For more information on the STAR Student Program, visit www.pagefoundation.org.

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