Late last week it was announced that North Oconee High School senior David Han is the Oconee County School System’s STAR Student who will represent the county at the Region 4 STAR competition next month at the University of Georgia.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the selection was presented during the annual breakfast for the STAR students held at High Shoals Health & Rehabilitation in North High Shoals.
STAR students from the two public schools and three private schools and their parents were gathered with education professionals and elected officials at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce sponsored breakfast.
Marion Butler, a banker from Synovus Bank, presented each of the STAR students with a check from the bank.
David, the son of Stanley and Sarah Han, is planning to attend the University of Georgia as an economics major.
Other STAR students included Elliot Williamson and Logan Williamson, twins who tied for the honor at Athens Academy; David Burke of Oconee County High School; Jared Deatrick of Prince Avenue Christian School; and Lexi Farr of Westminster Christian School.
Students honored with the STAR award are chosen based on their SAT scores, scholastic achievements and extracurricular activities.
“I know I’m going to leave here today encouraged and inspired to go back and do my work with more dedication and commitment because of what I have seen and heard today in these young people,” said Jennifer Whitaker, the principal at High Shoals Elementary School.
“One of the most important things that I think this world needs a little more of is kindness. We have heard that over and over that not only are you brilliant, but you are kind to others,” Chamber President Courtney Bernardi told the students.
Students also chose STAR teachers who positively influenced them during their school years.
Elliot Williamson chose Spanish teacher Marielle Newland; Logan Williamson chose English teacher Gabriel Lovatt; Han chose history teacher Richard Rosch; Burke chose calculus teacher Jacob Forrester; Deatrick chose science teacher Dale Autry; and Farr, not in attendance, chose science teacher Carrie Herring.
Elliot Williamson, son of Keys and Melissa Williamson, is undecided on a college, but wants to major in international business or non-profit business. His brother, Logan Williamson, is also undecided on a college, but plans to major in political science and economics.
Burke, son of John and Mindy Burke, plans to attend UGA and double major in biology and Spanish.
Deatrick, son of John and Grace Deatrick, hasn’t chosen a school yet, but likes Wake Forest University, and plans to major in finance, business and marketing.
Farr, the daughter of Frank and Angela Farr, plans to major in special education at UGA.
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