2006-02-02 / Front Page

Amanda Brooke is STAR Student, selects Wheatley as teacher

Honoring the STAR student Amanda Brooke, (second from right) and STAR teacher Amy Wheatley are the Chamber’s Executive Director Donna Hardy (l), President Carol McTier (r) and assistant principal Steve Echols. Honoring the STAR student Amanda Brooke, (second from right) and STAR teacher Amy Wheatley are the Chamber’s Executive Director Donna Hardy (l), President Carol McTier (r) and assistant principal Steve Echols. In recognition of her academic excellence, senior Amanda Brooke has been named the 2005 STAR Student for Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, and she has chosen Amy Wheatley as her STAR teacher.

They will be honored at a breakfast February 22 at the W-W Country Club.

The announcement was made yesterday by Carol McTier, president of the Washington Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, local sponsor of the program. “We are very proud of Miss Brooke and Mrs. Wheatley and the academic excellence they exemplify at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School,” she said.

Amanda, the daughter of Joe and Caryn Brooke, was selected for the honor on the basis of her SAT scores, class standing, and scholastic averages. “Amanda’s the perfect role model around school,” Principal Andrew Jackson said. “She’s the kind of student that other students look to for leadership. She’s just an all-round excellent student – there’s no doubt she’s worthy of this honor.”

The senior has been a cheerleader for four years, a member of the National Honor Society, and has taken every Advanced Placement course the school offers. “She also scored the highest SAT score in the school this year,” Jackson said.

The Chamber will honor Amanda Brooke and Amy Wheatley at a STAR Student and Teacher Recognition Ceremony and Quarterly Membership Meeting Wednesday, February 22, at the country club. Reservations should be made by Friday, February 17, by calling the Chamber at 678-2013 or by e-mail at wash chamb@washingtonwilkes.org (with STAR breakfast in the subject line.)

The traditional Southern breakfast will cost $10.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program was created to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding students and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. During the past 48 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 20,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR teachers to share in this recognition. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc., was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the statewide STAR Program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education. PAGE’s more than 61,000 members continue the tradition of recognizing Georgia’s future leaders and honoring the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars.

Each year a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school is named the STAR student for that high school. To obtain the STAR nomination, students must have the highest score in one sitting on the new three-part Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

In larger school systems, high school STAR students compete for system titles; and system STAR students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the STAR Regions. Region winners and their STAR teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR awards.

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