Augusta Preparatory Day School student Hutton Brandon outscored eight other high school seniors to win the Columbia County STAR Student title Thursday night.
"I don't think I've gotten anything higher than this," Brandon said following a reception at the Harlem Woman's Club. "It definitely wasn't something I expected."
Brandon, 18, scored a 2320 on a single administration of the SAT to earn the award, which annually recognizes graduating seniors who get the highest scores. The maximum SAT score is 2400.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce launched the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program in 1956, but this year is the 50th the top-scoring senior has been recognized in Columbia County.
Part of the program includes the STAR students selecting a STAR Teacher, a former or current educator who greatly influenced his or her academic career.
Brandon chose math teacher Tim Shafer, which is the eighth time in 10 years an Augusta Prep STAR Student has chosen Shafer for STAR Teacher.
"He is brilliant, kind and responsible," Shafer said of Brandon in a speech delivered by Augusta Prep Head of School Jack Hall. "He has the people skills for customer service and the brain skills for research and development."
Shafer was out of town Thursday coaching the school's girls basketball team.
Brandon will represent Columbia County at the Region 7 STAR banquet, which is scheduled for March 24 at First Baptist Church in Thomson. The winner of the region, which takes in 13 counties, will go to the state banquet in Atlanta in late April.