February 17, 2014

STAR students, teachers receive rightful praise

The Daily Citizen

— Behind almost all successful students are dedicated teachers who push their pupils to be the best they can be.

Teachers deserve plenty of praise for inspiring their students. But the students also share in the accolades for putting in hours studying, writing research papers and completing class projects.

Last week, the Kiwanis Club of Dalton honored several local students and teachers as part of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. STAR nominees were picked from the high school seniors with the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and also had to be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Southeast Whitfield High School student Olivia Taylor and Dalton High School student Richard Virgo were selected as school system winners for the STAR program. Taylor represents Whitfield County Schools and Virgo represents Dalton Public Schools as they advance to regional competition.

Each STAR student nominee named the teacher they believed impacted them the most for recognition. Taylor selected Leighann Noll, who teaches Advanced Placement government, while Virgo picked Karen Chenard, who teaches International Baccalaureate psychology.

Other STAR nominees this year were Henry Crawford at Christian Heritage School, who nominated teacher Steve Irwin; Austin Turner at Coahulla Creek High School, who nominated teacher Elizabeth Scroggs; and Macie Noelle Maret at Northwest Whitfield High School, who nominated teacher Richard Taylor.

We applaud each of these “STARS” for their accomplishments. And we look forward to seeing how much brighter they will shine in the future.