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STAR students & teachers announced



STAR Students seated and their selected teacher standing behind them (l-r):


Kelsey Wise - Gail Culbreth

Mary Zuidema - Cheryl Carter

Laura Henke - Lisa Hardman

Sierra Stanfield - Seanna Thompson

Kyle Combs - Angela Quarles

Roman Tapia - Robbie Cheatham

Michael Jorgensen - Rodney Martin

Danielle O'Dell - Lynn Cantrell

Not pictured - Jackson Melton - Valerie Boehm

See earlier article on STAR student Jonathan Friedman and Teacher Wil Nix



The Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition), is pleased to recognize the 2017 PHS STAR finalists.

For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with the largest and most unique local STAR banquet in this statewide program. In the local program, the Optimists not only recognize the STAR Student and Teacher, but an additional nine STAR Student and Teacher finalists.  

The PAGE (STAR) program, is administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 26,000 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Each year the Optimist Club ask the STAR Students and Teachers to complete a questionnaire. Responses from all STARS will be in a later edition of the Pickens County Progress.  

The Optimist Club of Jasper will recognize the 2017 STAR Finalists and their selected teachers along with the 2017 STAR Student, Jonathan Friedman and his teacher - Wil Nix, at the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 9.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.  Anyone interested in attending the banquet should email the Optimist Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Reservations are required and tickets are $24 per person.  The Woodbridge Inn, who has catered the Optimist STAR program since the first banquet, will again cater this year’s banquet.

Carrie McCurdy, the PHS STAR Student in 2000, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet.