The Clarke County School District has named this year’s STAR students, who have chosen their STAR teachers. And the District says a seven students will take part in this summer’s Governor’s Honors program at Berry College in Rome.
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Three Clarke County School District seniors were recently named STAR Students, and they, along with their STAR Teachers, were recognized at an Athens Rotary Club luncheon. Three students were recognized this year because Clarke Central High School had two students who attained the same SAT score. STAR students for the Clarke County School District are Catherine Wang of Cedar Shoals High School, Charles Dawe and Isaac Schmidt, both of Clarke Central High School.
“We extend our sincerest congratulations to these students for their hard work and determination,” said Superintendent Demond Means. “We also appreciate the commitment of their chosen STAR teachers. Each of them played a major role in these students’ academic achievement and placed them on the road to lifelong success.”
About this year’s STAR Students:
Cedar Shoals High School Senior, Catherine Wang, will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology upon graduation. She will be majoring in biology, and she plans to minor in health and medical science. Dr. Kimberly Tagaki is Catherine's STAR Teacher.
Charles Dawe is a senior at Clarke Central High School who plans to enroll at the University of Georgia in the fall, majoring in Biochemistry. Charles is currently taking classes through UGA as a dual enrollment student. He is passionate about soccer and currently serves as Captain of the Gladiator Boys Soccer Team. Charles’ STAR Teacher is Claude Gonzales.
Isaac Schmidt is a senior at Clarke Central High School who plans to enroll at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall, majoring in Environmental Engineering. Isaac interns at Athens Land Trust, working with their land conversation program. He is a dedicated baseball player who started playing Gladiator Baseball in middle school and is now in his 6th year with the team. Isaac named Ms. Ginger Lehman as his STAR Teacher.
Seven Clarke County School District students have been chosen to attend the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, the four-week program will take place on the campus of Berry College in Rome Georgia.
Clarke County School District finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are:
Name School Area of Nomination
Sachio Goodie Cedar Shoals High School Communicative Arts
William Fang Cedar Shoals High School Science (Chemistry)
Alexander Robinson Clarke Central High School Social Studies
Katherine Upchurch Clarke Central High School Agricultural Research, Biotechnology, & Science
Melody Morgan Clarke Central High School Music (Woodwind: Bassoon)
Shea Peters Clarke Central High School Communicative Arts
Casey Pendley Clarke Central High School Dance
“The competition to be selected for the Governor’s Honors Program is incredibly rigorous,” said Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of Clarke County Schools. “I congratulate Sachio, William, Katherine, Melody, and Shea for this tremendous honor and commend them for their commitment to academic excellence. I am proud to have these exceptional young people represent us as they join this prestigious program.”
Nearly 3,000 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, the overall acceptance rate is just three percent. The program, fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, is offered at no cost for students to attend. Students will arrive on campus June 17 and for four weeks they will spend the morning in their area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. Students spend afternoons studying the discipline of their choice. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.