Top STAR student named today

Correction, March 3, 2009: - Because of incorrect information given to The Chronicle , the STAR Teacher for Cross Creek High School was misidentified in Monday's newspaper. The STAR Teacher for Cross Creek is John Bryant. (Highlight changes)
When John C. Bell Jr. thinks of Richmond County's STAR Students, one word comes to mind.

"They're sharp," Mr. Bell said. "They're good folks. They're picked for their potential."

The annual Student Teacher Academic Recognition honors the students with the highest SAT score who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their classes from the county's high schools.

Today, the countywide winner will be announced from among the school level STAR Students during a luncheon of the Augusta Kiwanis Club.

The program also allows STAR Students to recognize the teachers who have had the most influence on their success.

Mr. Bell said the community doesn't do enough to recognize students who excel academically and the teachers who enable them to achieve such success.

That's why he enjoys coordinating the program each year for the Kiwanis Club.

Paine College President George Bradley will be the guest speaker for the STAR Program.

Monday's winner will advance to compete in the next round of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators competition and could vie for the state title.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

STAR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

A.R. JOHNSON

Student: Kaitlyn Logan

Teacher: Helga Enko

AQUINAS

Student: Joel M. Joseph

Teacher: Ann Bell

CROSS CREEK

Student: Shawn Patrick Leonard Jr.

Teacher: John Bryant

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RICHMOND ACADEMY

Student: Sara Elizabeth Cavallo

Teacher: Mark Hallman

ALLELUIA COMMUNITY

Student: Ruth Hymel

Teacher: Anita McKie

HEPHZIBAH

Student: Ryan Dennis Krepps

Teacher: Clinton Borders

JOSEY

Student: Chantal S. Gunn

Teacher: Gussie Carlyle

WESTMINSTER

Student: Rebecca Wiggins

Teacher: Susan Smith

CURTIS BAPTIST

Student: Sarah Harrison

Teacher: Gail Robinson

BUTLER

Student: Keyada Briana Frye

Teacher: Michael Lester

DAVIDSON

Student: Yueran Aaron Yuan

Teacher: William Brown

WESTSIDE

Student: Michael Daniel Wilson

Teacher: Faith Wittke