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Morrow honors Clayton County STAR Student

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Morrow City Council recognized Clayton County’s 2013 STAR Student Lindsey Perry, a senior at Morrow High School. Shown are her parents Dean and Linda Perry (from left), her Latin teacher and STAR Teacher Ginia McMillan, Perry and her principal Pamela Pitts.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Morrow City Council recognized Clayton County’s 2013 STAR Student Lindsey Perry, a senior at Morrow High School. Shown are her parents Dean and Linda Perry (from left), her Latin teacher and STAR Teacher Ginia McMillan, Perry and her principal Pamela Pitts.

MORROW — Morrow High School senior Lindsey Perry was spotlighted Tuesday for earning the distinction of Clayton County’s 2013 STAR Student.

The title is bestowed on seniors who have the highest SAT score and are in the top 10 percent (or top 10) in their class as part of the state’s Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program. It is coordinated through Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation Inc., the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.

The 17-year-old Rex resident said she was honored by the recognition during the Morrow City Council meeting. She was joined by her STAR Teacher Ginia McMillan and Principal Dr. Pamela Pitts.

McMillan was her Latin teacher for three years at Morrow High. This is her fifth time being chosen as STAR Teacher at the school where she began her career more than 16 years ago.

“She was my favorite teacher and she loves her students,” said Perry. “All of her students recognize how diligent she is and how hard she works.”

Perry is a dual-enrollment student taking 16 hours this semester at Clayton State University. She said she has been accepted to the three colleges of her choice — the University of Georgia, Agnes Scott College and the Georgia Institute of Technology — but she remains undecided about her final choice and her major.

Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke commended her teacher and her parents for their support of the STAR Student. He presented them with glass plaques.

“It takes a good teacher to have a student that learns the way that Lindsey does,” said Burke. “And without education and family there is no foundation.”

Burke also recognized Pitts, calling her the “star principal of the year.”

He awarded Pitts a glass plaque with Clayton State University President Thomas Hynes present. Hynes introduced the mayor to the principal and they formed a partnership between the city and the school.

“I love being at Morrow High School,” Pitts said. “We have a rich multicultural student body that is academically focused. Our motto is excellence without excuses.”

The school is noted for its scholastic achievements.

Pitts said Morrow High has produced several of the county’s STAR Students and STAR Teachers in recent years. Perry’s sister, Katelyn, was the school’s STAR Student in 2011.

The sister, now a junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was also senior class valedictorian.

Their mother, Linda Perry, pointed to her daughters’ resilience and self-motivation.

“We’re extremely proud of Lindsey for her persistence, her diligence and her self-discipline,” said the mother.

Perry’s father, Dean Perry, echoed the sentiment.

“She really is quite talented,” he said. “She does a really good job of applying herself.”