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2017 STATE PAGE STAR STUDENT AND STATE PAGE STAR TEACHER ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, April 25, 2017  
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Georgia Chamber of Commerce Director of Public Policy Jason O’Rouke, from left, 2017 Runner-up State PAGE STAR Teacher Jake Alley and Runner-Up PAGE STAR Student Mary Kathryn Howard of Tift County High School, 2017 State PAGE STAR Student Bill Zhang and State PAGE STAR Teacher Ashley Ulrich of Northview High School in Fulton County, and Rich Johnson, director of external affairs for AT&T Georgia, gather on stage at the annual banquet on April 24.

 

 

Bill Zhang, a senior at Fulton County’s Northview High School, is the 2017 State PAGE STAR Student. He named Ashley Ulrich, his AP Language teacher at Northview High School, as his State PAGE STAR Teacher. Mary Kathryn Howard, a senior at Tift County High School is the Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student and chose drama teacher Jake Alley at Tift County High School as her STAR Teacher.
 
The announcement came at the State PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR Banquet, which was held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta in Duluth, GA.  Twenty-three PAGE STAR Student Region Winners were finalists in the culminating event of the annual STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program for high school seniors.  Among those 23 finalists, 12 scored 1600 on one administration of the SAT, and all were in the top ten percent or top ten of their class. The search for the State PAGE STAR Student began earlier this year with the naming of 523 local STAR Students from each of the participating public and independent high schools across the state.  In turn, those STAR students then recognized the teacher who had the most influence on their academic success as their STAR Teacher
 
“PAGE is pleased to be a major sponsor of STAR and responsible for its administration,” said Dr. Allene Magill, PAGE executive director. “We support STAR to celebrate academic achievement and to recognize excellence among Georgia’s professional educators.”
 
Responsibility for the statewide STAR program was given to PAGE in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which created the program in 1958.  PAGE and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce are primary sponsors of the state event. Other sponsors of the event include: AT&T Georgia; the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation; and The Mozelle Christian Endowment. Since its inception, the program has honored more than 26,000 students and their teachers for academic excellence.
 
Bill is a resident of Johns Creek, GA, and is the son of Feng and Xueqin Zhang. As this year’s State PAGE STAR Student, Bill was honored with a $5,000 scholarship from AT&T Georgia presented by Rich Johnson, director of external affairs for AT&T Georgia. State PAGE STAR Teacher Ashley Ulrich of Alpharetta, GA, received a $2,500 cash award from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation presented by Amy Denty, PAGE president. Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student Mary Kathryn Howard was presented a $1,000 scholarship from Lamar Scott, treasurer of the PAGE Board of Directors. Mary Kathryn is the daughter of Drew and Kaylar Howard and is a resident of Tifton, GA.  Georgia Chamber of Commerce Director of Public Policy Jason O’Rouke presented the Runner-up State PAGE STAR Teacher Jake Alley of Lenox, GA, with a $500 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the $500 Mozelle Christian Endowment Award.
 
PAGE sponsored the state banquet. PAGE President Amy Denty and Lamar Scott, secretary of the PAGE Board of Directors, presented each STAR finalist and their teacher with a hand-blown glass star by Lillie Glassblowers. Local STAR students and teachers attending the banquet received a memento of the evening. At the 12 PAGE STAR Region events, Region STAR Students received a $400 cash scholarship from PAGE.  Region STAR Teachers received a $200 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 
 
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators honors outstanding students and educators and encourages academic excellence through competitive academic initiatives such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon.
 


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The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 92,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. PAGE provides professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement while providing the best in membership, legal services and legislative support.
 
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
PO Box 942270
Atlanta, GA  31141-2270
770-216-8555 / 800-334-6861


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