Lakeside senior wins regional STAR recognition

THOMSON -- Andrew David Byrd, a senior at Lakeside High School who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT, was named the Region 7 STAR student Tuesday night at First Baptist Church in Thomson.

STAR students and their teachers from 13 counties were honored at a banquet, along with family members and school officials.

The Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition title is awarded annually to students who score the highest in their school on the SAT and who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Andrew's STAR teacher is John Cato.

All STAR students choose a teacher who they feel has been their biggest influence.

The region banquet was sponsored by Georgia Power. Founded 52 years ago, the STAR program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew is the son of Stephen and Janet Byrd and plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology next year and major in physics. He will represent the region at the state STAR banquet at the end of April in Atlanta.



Star students

Augusta-area STAR students and teachers honored at the banquet were: Eleanor Katharine Reeves and teacher Brenda Durrence, Burke County; Shelby Poole and teacher Sherrie Hall, Glascock County; Brandon Kyle Hinkston and teacher Vicki Goodson, Jefferson County; Kyrstie Leigh Scales and teacher Lanalee Robinson, Lincoln County; Caitlin Burnside and teacher Crystal Fleming, McDuffie County; Robert Thompson MacDonnell and teacher Randall Nichols, Richmond County; Eric Dodge Johnson and teacher Kathy Walker, Warren County; Walker Ethan Belcher and teacher Shauna Andrews, Washington County; Joshua Fair and teacher Jennifer Atkinson, Wilkes County.

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