Gainesville Kiwanis Honors 2020 STAR STUDENTS and STAR TEACHERS at Annual Recognition

Gainesville Kiwanis continued a longstanding tradition of paying tribute to our STAR Students and STAR Teachers with the annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. All of the city and county high schools’ STAR Students and STAR Teachers were recognized and given a framed certificate, sponsored by Gainesville Kiwanis.

In addition, STAR Student Thomas Dayton of Chestatee High School with STAR Teacher Mr. Britton Grier and STAR Student William Beard of Lakeview Academy with STAR Teacher Mr. Mikhail Lovell received special recognition as System STAR Students and STAR Teachers. They will now compete for District 2 honors.

The University of North Georgia’s College of Education is hosting Georgia’s Region 2 STAR Students and Teachers at this year’s Recognition Banquet being held on March 10, 2020, at 6:00 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.

After the Region 2 STAR Student winner is announced at the Recognition Banquet at UNG in March, he or she will compete for the Georgia State STAR Student, which will be announced at the State STAR Banquet at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta on Monday, April 27, 2020,

STAR Program:

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the PAGE Foundation. Since its creation, the STAR program has honored nearly 27,500 students and the teachers they have selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination.

STAR begins each year in participating Georgia high schools when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 170 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system recognition as the top STAR Student, and those winners compete for region honors.

Region winners contend for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program. “We are very proud of Ms. Jones and Ms. Johnson and the academic excellence they exemplify at Gainesville High,” said Mr. Smith. PAGE and the PAGE Foundation honor outstanding students and educators and, encourage academic excellence through competitive academic programs such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is the state’s largest and fastest-growing educator association. Deeply committed to excellence in public education, PAGE provides unparalleled legal coverage, legislative advocacy, and professional learning opportunities to more than 95,000 teachers, administrators, and school personnel. PAGE protects, supports, and empowers members throughout all stages and facets of their career. For more information, visit our website at