Staff Photo: John Bohn High School award winners pose for a group portrait as the Gwinnett County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition hold a luncheon to present awards to local high school students Thursday at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Archer: Itoro Atakpa, Rand Stewart
Berkmar: Eden Hailmichael, Kevin Lewis
Brookwood: Eric Yao, Dana Kling
Buford High School: Grant Hall, Tim Harris
Central Gwinnett: Caskey Dyer, Keith Haber
Collins Hill: Manav Dutta, Laura Herbig
Covenant Christian Academy: Alex Garmon, Guy Crowley
Dacula: Steven Jeanfreau: Lesley Buchanan
Duluth: Jonathan Li, Chris de Castro
Grayson: Hannah Lawless, Greg Field
Greater Atlanta Christian: Christine Wilson, Terry Beasley
Gwinnett Online Campus: Megan Metcalf, Tonya Pohlel
Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology: Morrison Nolan, Patricia Caldwell
Hebron Christian Academy: Stephanie Murphy, Melissa Hornsby
Killian Hill Christian School: Yamamah "Mimi" Ackleh, Terry FulbrightLanier: Ming Chen, Rober Prill
Meadowcreek: Shahed Meah, Wayne Dail
Mill Creek: Britt Hatcher, Jana Penn
Mountain View: Rebecca Wilson, Dianne Akin
Norcross: Allison Fischer, Dwayne Alvis
North Gwinnett: Alec Cook, Kent Ames
Parkview: Julian Menzel, Caroline Miklosovic
Peachtree Ridge: Steven Emanuel, Matt Davis
Phoenix: John Power, Mark Stern
Providence Christian: Daniel Chi, Andy Randrup
Shiloh: Hermoon Worku, Sandra C. Dennis
South Gwinnett: Kendall Murray, Heath Gibson
Wesleyan: Cody Solomon, David Breslin
DULUTH -- When stars align at the 1818 Club it's hardly a rare occurrence.
It happens once a year, in fact, when honor is bestowed on local high school students with the highest SAT score at their school. Young people from all over Gwinnett County were in attendance Thursday to represent more than two dozen learning facilities.
In its 54th year, the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors students with the highest marks as well as teachers chosen by each elite student.
Emcee Craig Hudson said the event brought "educators and businesses together for a mutually beneficial cause."
When it was all said and done, three students were chosen as the sectional finalists for STAR student: Parkview High School's Julian Menzel and Brookwood High School's Eric Yao, who both scored a 2380 on their SATs.
Grant Hall of Buford High School was named as the section finalist for Buford City Schools. Hall scored a 2140 on the SAT.
Each STAR student picked their favorite teacher. Hall chose eight-time STAR teacher Tim Harris for the honor.
Hall said he chose Harris because "he's really the best teacher I've had in high school ... he inspires me to grow as a student."
The student plans to play football for Duke University as a safety.
Menzel and Yao said they have yet to select a college choice, but they're actively searching for the right fit.
Yao chose Dana Kling as his STAR teacher, because "he is very passionate about his love of language and literature. He tries to make the best out of every situation, and he gives great opportunities to his students to expand their knowledge."
Menzel chose Caroline Miklosovic as his STAR teacher because "she has helped me greatly ... she has a really unique appreciation for the humanity of each student she teaches. In her classroom, we're not just students to her. We are human beings, we're people."
Sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the STAR program honors "Georgia's outstanding high school seniors."
According to its website the STAR program has recognized more than 23,500 high school seniors over the past 55 years.
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