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Gwinnett student finalist for state STAR student

LILBURN - The only Gwinnett senior to score a perfect 2,400 on the new SAT has advanced to the regional level of the 2006 Georgia STAR competition.

Amanda Brouillette of Parkview High School is one of only 14 students chosen from across the state to compete for several prestigious scholarships.

In February, Gwinnett County honored those 22 seniors who had the highest SAT scores, and were in the top 10 percent, at their respective high schools. The students then selected a STAR teacher who was influential in their academic success.

Brouillette was selected among those top students to advance to the district level competition. She chose Doug Warner, her calculus teacher, to be Gwinnett's STAR teacher.

Out of the 14 regional finalists, she is one of only three to get a perfect score on the new SAT, which now includes critical reading, math and writing sections.

The winner of the 2006 State STAR competition will be announced tonight at a banquet at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Selection will be based on scholarship, extracurricular activities, academics, citizenship and leadership initiative.

Last year, the top two Georgia STAR students were both from Gwinnett County. Lucas Bermudez of Parkview High School was the 2005 State STAR student, and he named his physics teacher, Philip Heier, as his STAR teacher. Joseph Song of Brookwood High School was the first runner-up in the state competition. He chose biology teacher Dan Rawlins as his STAR teacher.

For more information on the Georgia STAR competition, visit http://www.pagefoundation.org/star.