Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Twenty three of the twenty six students pose for a portrait after being recognized during the Gwinnett County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition luncheon at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth on Thursday.
DULUTH -- At the 1818 Club on Thursday, it seemed everybody was a STAR.
An honor bestowed on high school students with the highest SAT score at their school, young people from all over Gwinnett County were in attendance to represent more than two dozen learning facilities.
In its 53rd year, the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors students with the highest marks as well as teachers chosen by each elite student.
Gale Hey, deputy superintendent of teaching and learning with Gwinnett County Public Schools, spoke to all in attendance during the gathering.
"We are very proud of our STAR students and teachers. They are indeed stars, representing the best and brightest in our schools," Hey said. "Academically, these students have excelled in our schools and are prepared for the future. Part of that participation was provided by the stellar teachers we also recognize today."
Gwinnett Chamber Representative Jann Moore thanked the students and teachers for their efforts and success. She added that the "tie between businesses and education is inseparable."
STAR students Michael Song of Brookwood High and Andrew Alin of Norcross shared the honor of district-level winners. Both will go on to a regional event March 23 in Forsyth County.
STAR students and teachers honored Thursday included the following: Cassie Oliver and Lisa Cole, Buford; Michael Song and Chris Michael, Brookwood; Andrew Alin and James Glenn, Norcross; Joe Horenstein and Lindsay Bates, Central Gwinnett; Kate Unsworth and Barry Gillespie, Collins Hill; Aaron Patel and Seth Hersch, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; Jack Winfrey and Andrew Pasarilla, Peachtree Ridge; Jenny Kuo and Chris DeCastro, Duluth; Andrew Kim and Matthew Fincher, Greater Atlanta Christian; Tami Feng and Maria Raymond, Parkview; Ronan O'Brien and Jason Smith, Mill Creek; Nate Grice and Nina Kozlova, Wesleyan; Jasper Tseng and Judith Hall, South Gwinnett; Ho Lim Lee and Patrick Yaggy, North Gwinnett; Sarah Choi and Jill England, Mountain View; Jake Meadows and Billy Jones, Grayson; Moran Lundy and Lesley Buchanan, Dacula; Erin Hinesely and Joni Jameson, Berkmar; McKenzie Davis and Lizzy Sutton, Hebron Christian Academy; David Myers and Nathan Ulrey, Archer; Emily Townsend and Dan Totten, Killian Hill Christian Academy; Addison Barrack and Fran Mattix, Providence Christian Academy; Evan Mickler and Will Bonnett, Shiloh; Matt Dewilde and Michael Reilly, Lanier; Huyen Nguyen and Giles Judd, Meadowcreek; and Logan Cooper and Pamela Krumpach, Covenant Christian Academy.