MPCS is pleased to recognize senior Alison Vaughan as this year’s STAR Student.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program honors high school seniors with the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and who are in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math, and writing sections. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.
Miss Vaughan has consistently challenged herself throughout her high school career. She has been recognized with the Headmaster’s Honor Roll, National Merit Semifinals, UGA Certificate of Merit Program, GHP Semifinals, National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Peer Mentorship Initiative, Cobb Youth Leadership, Georgia Student Bar Exam, National AP Scholar Award, and others. Thus far, she has already been accepted to University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Carolina-Columbia Honors College, and the University of Virginia. Miss Vaughan is awaiting many more college acceptances and scholarship offerings.
Each STAR Student chooses a STAR Teacher, a teacher who has been most instrumental in their academic development. Miss Vaughan has selected Mrs. Martha Troutman (High School World Languages Chair) as her STAR Teacher. Miss Vaughan shares:
"Señora Troutman is everything a student could hope for in a teacher. Her knowledge and skills with the Spanish language are staggering and inspiring, and she constantly pushes me to excel. For three years in a row now, her classes have consistently been some of my most challenging, rewarding, and instructive high school experiences, and I am so thankful to have had her as a teacher."
Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR Program has honored nearly 25,500 high school seniors, who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from the more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local STAR sponsors. Region recognitions are coordinated by Region Chairs who serve as ambassadors for the state program in the 12 STAR regions.
The State PAGE STAR Banquet, held in Atlanta each year, is a gala affair attended by several hundred STAR supporters, including STAR Students and Teachers (who attend as guests of their local sponsors), their families, civic and business leaders, and many Georgia educators. We will celebrate Miss Vaughan and Mrs. Troutman on Monday, March 2 at the State PAGE STAR Banquet.
Congratulations to Alison Vaughan on this remarkable achievement!