2018 State PAGE STAR Student Devon Boatright and State PAGE STAR Teacher Dr. Grant Fossum are joined by presenters following the awards presentation. Pictured here are: (l-r) PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper, Area President of Operations for Windstream Communications Jarrod (“J”) Berkshire, State PAGE STAR Teacher Dr. Grant Fossum, State PAGE STAR Student Devon Boatright, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia Rich Johnson and PAGE President Kelli De Guire.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the state’s premier academic recognition program.
The announcement came at the State PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR Banquet, on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta in Duluth, GA. Twenty 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 the 20 finalists, three scored 1600 on one administration of the SAT, and all were in the top 10 percent or top 10 of their class. The search for the State PAGE STAR Student began earlier this school year with the naming of a record-breaking 559 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.
“Recognizing these outstanding students and their teachers in regional events and then at the state banquet each year is an honor for PAGE,” said Craig Harper, executive director of PAGE. “We are pleased to be a major sponsor and the program administrator for the STAR program to ensure that Georgia’s excellent students and teachers receive the attention they’ve earned through their success.”
Responsibility for the statewide STAR program was given to the PAGE Foundation 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; the PAGE Foundation, The Mozelle Christian Endowment and Windstream Communications. Since its inception, the program has honored more than 26,500 students and their teachers for academic excellence.
Devon Boatright is a resident of Douglasville, GA, and is the daughter of David and Kali Boatright. As this year’s State PAGE STAR Student, Devon 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 Dr. Grant Fossum of Douglasville, GA, received a $2,500 cash award from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation presented by Jarrod (“J”) Berkshire, area president of operations for Windstream Communications. Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student Apurva Nemala was presented a $1,000 scholarship by Dr. Ann Stucke, president of the PAGE Foundation. Apurva is the daughter of Srinivas and Vani Gundapuneni Nemala and is a resident of Alpharetta, GA. Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Cosby Johnson presented the Runner-up State PAGE STAR Teacher Mrs. Terri Engelberth of Suwanee, GA, with a $500 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce along with the $500 Mozelle Christian Endowment Award.
Windstream Communications and PAGE sponsored the state banquet. 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.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 93,000 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.
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