Gwinnett students named 2005 state STAR student and first runner-up









Gwinnett students named 2005 state STAR student and first runner-up

Pictured (l–r) are First Runner-Up State PAGE STAR Teacher Dr. Dan Rawlins, First Runner-Up State PAGE STAR Student Joseph Song, 2005 State PAGE STAR Student Lucas Bermudez, and State PAGE STAR Teacher Philip Heier.
Congratulations to Lucas Bermudez of Parkview High, who is the 2005 State PAGE STAR Student. He chose Philip Heier of Parkview High as the 2005 State STAR Teacher. Brookwood High student Joseph Song was chosen as first runner-up, with Dr. Dan Rawlins as his STAR teacher. The state winner and runner-up were named at an awards banquet April 20, where all 28 region winners were honored as finalists. As the winner, Mr. Bermudez was honored with a $5,000 scholarship from BellSouth. Joseph Song received $2000 in scholarships from the PAGE Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company. Both teachers were awarded monetary prizes. The STAR Student competition began earlier this year with the naming of 466 STAR students from schools across the state.

In addition to Mr. Bermudez and Mr. Song, four other GCPS students were honored as finalists for STAR student. Other state finalists from GCPS were: Ginger Tanton of Collins Hill High, who chose Becky Duvall as her STAR teacher, Shuo Zhang of Duluth High, who chose Terry Nicholoson as his teacher, Saranya Selvaraj of Parkview High, who chose Susan Henderson as her STAR teacher, and Sarah Richards of South Gwinnett High, who selected Joe O’Neal as her STAR teacher.

Annually, each high school in the county (both public and private schools) names its STAR student, the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Each STAR student then names a STAR teacher— an educator who has had a particularly strong influence on the student’s academic career.

The state STAR program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.