Ayushi Vashishtha of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and Susan Yan of Westminster Schools of Augusta have been recognized as STAR students by the Kiwanis Club of Augusta.
The two were among 12 finalists.
The STAR program is a statewide initiative to recognize the highest achieving high school seniors and the educators who have made the biggest impact in their academic development. Each school nominates one student who must have the highest SAT score and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class. The student then asks a teacher to join them. The finalist competes in a district competition and may then proceed to the state competition.
Vashishtha plans to pursue a pre-med degree and attend medical school. She hopes to be a radiologist. She picked Samantha Mealing, her Latin teacher, as her biggest academic impact.
“It’s been a lot of work, but I think it’s been a lot easier having her there,” Vashishtha said.
The Davidson student said she has made her school work a priority and strived to do her best from a young age and credits that to her success.
“She has always worked really, really hard,” Mealing said.
Yan is an exchange student from China who has attended Westminster since her freshman year. She said she is grateful to her parents for this opportunity and her teachers for helping her. Her French teacher, Jordan Lambert, joined her at the banquet.
“She is so supportive and helpful throughout my high school career. She pushes me to go beyond my limits and see a broader world,” Yan wrote about her teacher for the banquet presentation.
“I’ve had Susan three out of her four years,” Lambert said. “She is so eager and up for anything. This is well-deserved.”
Yan plans to become an astrophysicist.