While the six Clayton County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Students will venture down separate paths once the 2008-09 school year ends, they all share a common interest in being the best students at their respective schools.
The Clayton County Rotary Club will honor these shooting STARs today with a noon luncheon at the Holiday Inn, at 6288 Old Dixie Highway, Jonesboro.
The award-winning students are seniors who scored the highest among their classmates on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. They are also required to be in the top 10 percent - or among the top 10 students - in their graduating class.
In Clayton County, STAR Students were named at Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Morrow, Mt. Zion, Mundy's Mill and Riverdale high schools.
Each school's STAR Student chooses a teacher, who has made a lasting impact on his or her life. The educators will be honored as STAR Teachers at the luncheon.
The pupil with the highest SAT score will be the county's overall STAR Student.
The STAR Program, which celebrates its 51st anniversary this year, is designed to give recognition to high performing students. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators was chosen by the state Chamber of Commerce, in 1994, to run the program for Georgia.
STAR Students from each county will compete for regional honors. The 12 regional winners will vie for the statewide title. The regional competitions will be held between March 2 and March 27.
STAR Students from Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Henry, Rockdale and Spalding counties compete in region 3B. The state STAR Banquet is held in late April, in Atlanta.