Gainesville Kiwanis Pays Tribute to 2017 STAR Students and Teachers

Update: 02/21/17 – Gainesville Kiwanis Pays Tribute to 2017 STAR Students and Teachers

On February 21, the Gainesville Kiwanis continued a long-standing tradition of paying tribute to the areas STAR Students and STAR Teachers from the county and city systems.

In addition, Johnson High’s Jackson Kelly received the special recognition of being named System STAR Student for Hall County Schools with his STAR Teacher Gary Martin of the Da Vinci Academy.

Gary Martin and Jackson Kelley

This year’s luncheon and awards ceremony was held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in the Banquet Hall of the First Baptist Church. Each of our city and county high schools’ STAR Students and STAR Teachers was recognized and given a framed certificate.

In addition, STAR Student Jackson Kelly of Johnson High School with STAR Teacher Gary Martin from the Da Vinci Academy and STAR Student Dhruv Gaur of Lakeview Academy with STAR Teacher Philip Chittaro received special recognition as System STAR Students and STAR Teachers. They will now compete for District 2 honors.

For the past three years, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber and Visitors Bureau has been the host for the Region 2 STAR Recognition Banquet. This year the banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the UNG Banquet Hall, Dahlonega Campus, 6-8 pm. Region 2 consists of 12 counties or school systems in the North Georgia Mountains including: Dawson, Fannin, Gainesville City, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns,White and Mountain Ed. Charter School System.

The student selected from Region 2 will compete with the other Georgia Region winners for the honor of State PAGE STAR Student. A panel of judges will select the state winner based on a written comprehensive application and a statement from each Region Star Teacher is provided in support of his/her STAR Student. Besides the SAT scores, other factors play a significant role in determining the State PAGE STAR Student including: scholarships, academic ability, leadership, citizenship, personal objective, extracurricular activities, personal philosophy, initiative, opinions, and attitudes.

“The Chamber and the Lumpkin County community takes great pride in honoring the best and the brightest students, not only in this county but in the other surrounding communities and within the State of Georgia,” commented Cherie Bates, STAR Chairperson for Region 2.

“It is true testament to the future of our country, state and local communities to witness the talent, ambition, aptitude and leadership qualities that all of the STAR Student participants display. We are very proud of these young men and women,” explained Bates.

After the Region 2 STAR Student winner is announced at the Recognition Banquet on March 21, 2017, he or she will compete for the Georgia State STAR Student, which will be announced on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the State PAGE STAR Banquet.