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Local Seniors Named Star Students

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Teachers Receive Star Recognition from their Students



Five area high school seniors have been named 2021 PAGE STAR Students for their academic achievement and performance on the SAT and have named one of their teachers to join them in being recognized. The Kiwanis Club of Vidalia is the local STAR program sponsor.

Kierston Marie Coleman is the Montgomery County High School STAR Student. Coleman named Teresa Manning, her 7th grade Math teacher, as her STAR Teacher. Coleman is the daughter of Janeth Coleman and the late J. Charles Coleman.

Nelson Riley Thigpen is STAR Student for Robert Toombs Christian Academy, and named LaRee Findley, 12th grade History, Government and Economics instructor, as his STAR Teacher. Thigpen is the son of Paul and Liliann Thigpen.

Caleb Zane Worth, son of John Stacy and Staci Worth, is the STAR Student of Toombs County High School. Worth named Megan Morris as his STAR Teacher. Morris taught Worth in Accelerated World Literature in 10th grade.

Walker McCord achieved STAR Student for Vidalia Comprehensive High School, and named Phillip Joyce, his 7th grade Social Studies instructor, as his STAR Teacher. McCord is the son of Mark and Laci McCord.

Lydia Ruth Sammons, STAR Student for Vidalia Heritage Academy, named Andrea Towns as her STAR Teacher. Towns taught Sammons 9th grade English. Sammons is the daughter of Brent and Katy Sammons.

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 28,000 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.

The Kiwanis Club congratulates these students on achieving STAR Student at their schools. The Kiwanis Club would like to thank these banks for supporting the 2021 local STAR Program: Altamaha Bank & Trust, Million Pines Bank, Mount Vernon Bank, Peoples Bank, and Vidalia Federal Savings Bank.

Walker McCord – 2021 STAR Student for Vidalia Comprehensive High School

Caleb Zane Worth – 2021 STAR Student for Toombs County High School

Megan Morris – 2021 STAR Teacher named by STAR Student Caleb Worth of Toombs County High School

Nelson Riley Thigpen – STAR Student for Robert Toombs Christian Academy with his STAR Teacher LaRee Findley

Andrea Towns – 2021 STAR Teacher named by STAR Student Lydia Sammons of Vidalia Heritage Academy




Phillip Joyce – 2021 STAR Teacher named by Walker McCord of Vidalia Comprehensive High School Kierston Marie Coleman – 2021 STAR Student for Montgomery County High School with her STAR Teacher Teresa Manning Lydia Sammons – 2021 STAR Student for Vidalia Heritage Academy

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