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County's STAR students and teachers honored

Staff Photo: Heather Darenberg. Buford Star Student and Teacher Melissa Meyer, left, and Lisa Cole are seen above.

Staff Photo: Heather Darenberg. Buford Star Student and Teacher Melissa Meyer, left, and Lisa Cole are seen above.

DULUTH — Gwinnett County’s highest achieving seniors and teachers who most influenced their academic success were honored Wednesday at the annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition luncheon.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation program has honored students and their teachers for more than 50 years. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score in one sitting on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent of their class based on grade-point average. Each STAR student is asked to name his or her STAR teacher.

“We know at PAGE that Gwinnett County has an extraordinary school system, and it’s something special to be excellent among a school population of very excellent students and excellent teachers,” PAGE Foundation President John Varner said.

At A Glance

GWINNETT’S STARS

The following students and teachers were honored Wednesday during the annual PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition luncheon.

<b>School STAR Student STAR Teacher</b>

Archer Priya Malhotra Sandy McAdams

Berkmar Destiny Cobb Joni Prillaman

Brookwood Akshaya Suresh Dana Kling

Buford Melissa Meyet Lisa Cole

Central Gwinnett Christopher “Rhett” Henry Kim Mallett

Collins Hill Peter Schnaak Laura Herbig

Covenant Christian Academy Jordan Harbee Guy Crowley

Dacula Melinda “Mindy” Johnson Jason Berube

Dacula Grace Liu Ashley Muck

Duluth Nihar Madhavan Carole Hunter

Grayson Jaya Powell Cristy Edwards

Greater Atlanta Christian School Nita Jain Angelique Allen

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Seong Jin “Daniel” Park Jeff Burmester

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Luke Richerson Seth Hersch

Hebron Christian Academy Christian Smith Lizzy Sutton

Killian Hill Christian School Nicole “Nikki” Reynolds Johnnie Crawford

Lanier Christina Hardison Heather Childs

Meadowcreek Daniel Ionescu Steven DuPouy

Mill Creek Katherine Horst Jennifer Clark

Mountain View Samuel “Sam” Yang Garin Berry

Norcross Andrea Howard Dwayne Alvis

North Gwinnett Ankur Shah Joe Higgins

North Gwinnett David Shang Kevin Blankenship

Parkview Tianqi “Tim” Wu Amber Leazenbee

Peachtree Ridge Neil Patel Dean Landers

Peachtree Ridge Deepan Mehta Dennis Hembree

Phoenix Taylor Groff Mark Stern

Providence Christian Academy Kelly Dickson Teri Wilson

Shiloh Kristen Lemaster Patrick Norton

South Gwinnett Rachel Harrison Kimberly Queen

Wesleyan School Jonathan Cheng Leslie Grogan

Brookwood High School senior Akshaya Suresh and her teacher, Dana Kling, and Buford High School senior Melissa Meyer and her teacher, Lisa Cole, were named the winners for their respective districts and will advance to the regional competition. In the spring, regional winners will vie for the honor of being named Georgia’s 2011 STAR Student and Teacher.

Wednesday’s program was hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

For a complete list of STAR students and teachers from each high school in Gwinnett, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com.