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Clayton’s brightest STARs to shine today

While eight Clayton County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Students will venture down separate paths, once the 2011-2012 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, hosted by the Clayton County Rotary Club, at the Clarion Hotel Atlanta Airport South, which is located at 6288 Old Dixie Hwy., in Jonesboro.

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, North Clayton and Riverdale high schools are each represented by a STAR Student. Charles R. Drew High School does not have a STAR Student this year, according to chamber officials.

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 54th anniversary this year, is designed to give recognition to high-performing students. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) 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 30.

STAR Students from Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Rockdale, and Spalding counties compete in region 3B. The state STAR Banquet is held in April, in Atlanta.