2017 WCSD STAR Students and Teachers honored at banquet

By Callen Moore, Walton County School District

(Monroe, Ga.) — Three Walton County School District students were recently named STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Students, and they, along with their STAR Teachers, were recognized at the Walton County Chamber of Commerce’s annual STAR Banquet. Loganville High School’s Cameron James was named one of the System STAR Winners. This year’s STAR Student/Teacher presentation was sponsored by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, Leggett & Platt and Athens First Bank & Trust.

“I congratulate our outstanding, well-rounded STAR Students and Teachers for achieving at such high levels both in and outside of the classroom,” said Superintendent Nathan Franklin. “These students are exceptional role models in our schools and will surely go on to make a difference in the world. Our teachers do an incredible job teaching, influencing and inspiring our student leaders. I want to thank the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, Leggett & Platt and Athens First Bank & Trust for sponsoring this event and allowing us the chance to recognize outstanding individuals from across the county.”

From left, Left to Right: Loganville High School STAR student Cameron James and STAR teacher, Mike Goethals; Walnut Grove High School STAR student Cheryl Brazelton and STAR teacher, Jacob Allen and Monroe Area High School STAR student Nathan Gray and STAR teacher Blair Caldwell. Contributed photo

Senior Cameron James was selected as the STAR student for Loganville High School and selected Mike Goethals as his STAR Teacher. James said that the amount of time Goethals puts in to see his students achieve is impressive and very much appreciated. Goethals said that teachers have a greater responsibility than just teaching; they must awaken the potential in students. He went on to say that, “Sometimes we are blessed to have a student who strives to see beyond what we teach them and sees what is within themselves. Cameron James is one of those students.”

Senior Blair Caldwell was selected as the STAR student for Monroe Area High School and selected Nathan Gray as her STAR Teacher. Caldwell said that the way Gray “brought history to life with his witty humor and out of the box thinking,” made him a great teacher and one that made a lasting impact on her. Gray who taught Caldwell in several classes said, “she truly cares about the material and she loves to learn.” Gray also said Caldwell always challenged him to be a better teacher.

Senior Jacob Allen was selected as the STAR student for Walnut Grove High School and selected Cheryl Brazelton as his STAR Teacher. Allen said that he picked Brazelton as his STAR Teacher because she left the most lasting impression on him. He said that she taught him the art of communicating to different audiences by allowing him to see things from different perspectives. Brazelton said that Allen constantly challenges himself to be better with such humility and that he has restored her faith in the future.

To be honored as a STAR Student, the following criteria must be met:

 SAT scores must meet the national averages or above. The students who receive the award have the highest SAT scores at their respective high schools in all three sections – critical reading, math and writing.

 Class standing must be noted. The student must be in the top 10% or among the top 10 students numerically, whichever category provides the largest number of eligible students in his or her graduating senior class.

 The student that has been declared the STAR Student chooses the STAR Teacher.

The Walton County School District serves around 14,000 students in 15 schools including nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. The mission of the Walton County School District is to ensure that all students learn. The district values students as individuals with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs. For more information, please visit www.walton.k12.ga.us.

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