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Community Honors Star Students
Monday, 09 February 2009

February 10--  Outstanding students and their favorite teachers at three area high schools took part in the annual STAR Student and Star Teacher program hosted by the Vidalia Kiwanis Club.


STAR Students seated are (L-R) Brooke McKie, Kyle Lipscomb, Megan Morris, and Ala Marie Bishop.  Their STAR Teachers standing are (L-R) Sandra Calloway, Jackie Cooper, Lisa Oliver and Ann Smith.

At Vidalia High School, there's a tie for Star Student this year between Brooke McKie and Kyle Lipscomb.

Kyle plans to study biology in college and says his freshman biology teacher, Jackie Cooper,  is the reason why.  "She was the teacher that taught me biology and that's the reason I like it so much."

For her part, Mrs. Cooper says Kyle made her a better teacher.  "I learned very quickly that Kyle was a very intelligent and very dedicated student.  Because of that, it was a real challenge to me to come up with questions that would challenge him," she remembered.

Brooke McKie, who plans to become a doctor one day, says her Spanish teacher, Sandra Calloway, made a big impact.  "Mrs. Callaway told us at the beginning of Spanish class we weren't going to learn everything we needed to know, but we did learn a lot and it's helped me out a lot," she said.

Mrs. Calloway says her selection as a Star Teacher is her biggest honor.  "In education we talk so much about the awards you can get, but to me, nothing compares to be chosen by a student for an award.  For that reason alone, it was very humbling and it meant a lot to me," she said.

The Toombs County Star student is Megan Amanda Morris with words of praise for her counselor Lisa Oliver, "Mrs. Oliver has been an excellent advisor over the years and she really helped me out with math that I just feel I owe it to her, and she's just so hardworking."

And the admiration is mutual, according to Lisa Oliver, "Megan is just an excellent individual.  She's strived hard for this goal.  She's taken the tests a couple of times and it pays off," she says.

At Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Ala Marie Bishop is the Star Student who chose literature teacher Ann Smith as her Star.  "She's really made a big impact on my life and what I'm choosing to do with my future.  She's been a good role model for me," Ala says.

Ann Smith has been chosen multiple times as the Star Teacher at RTCA, but that's not the important thing she says, "What matters is that this outstanding young woman felt she had gotten something valuable out of the time we spent together, and that's the honor."

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