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
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.