By Curt Yeomans
While nine Clayton County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Students will venture down separate paths once the 2009-10 school year ends, they all share a common interest in being the best students at their respective schools.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will honor these shooting STARs today with a luncheon at the Morrow Center, which is located at 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, in Morrow.
The award-winning students are seniors who scored the highest among their classmates on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). They are also required to be in the top 10 percent -- or among the top 10 students -- in their graduating class.
Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Morrow, Mount Zion, Mundy's Mill and Riverdale high schools each had one STAR Student this year. There were two STAR Students at North Clayton High School.
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 52nd 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 STAR Students will be named between March 1 and March 26.
STAR Students from Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Spalding, Henry, Lamar, Pike, and Rockdale counties compete in region 3B. The state STAR Banquet is held in late April, in Atlanta.