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Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce awards STAR students and teachers

By Erica O’Neal, Managing Editor

Molly Ann Bullington, a senior from Crisp Academy was chosen as the STAR student for her academic achievements as a student. Molly has already been accepted to attend Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and will be entering the honors program. Molly wants to go to school to become a veterinarian. Molly is planning to participate in a pre-vet program in summer 2018 before she begins officially as a freshman in fall 2018. Molly will be starting out college with 20 hours of college credit already under her belt.

Chester (Ches) Lapeza, a senior from Crisp County High School was chosen as the STAR student for his academic achievements as a student. Ches is currently deciding if he wants to attend Yale University, Emory University, University of Georgia or Harvard University to study Linguistics. Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of morphology, syntax, phonetics and sematics. Ches studied Japanese previously in high school and is interested in studying any language in the future in college.

Information about the STAR program:

According to the STAR program’s official website, “The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most influential in their academic development.” The STAR program was created in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and has honored nearly 26,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in the state of Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

To be able to get the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest SAT score on any single test date of the SAT.