Star student and teacher

Tue, 05/01/2007 - 3:42pm
By: The Citizen

Craig M. Western, a senior at Fayette County’s McIntosh High School, was named First Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student and chose Mary Wilde, his Science teacher at J. C Booth Middle School, as his STAR Teacher.

The announcement came on April 25 at the 2007 State PAGE STAR Banquet held at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown. Nineteen STAR Student Region Winners were finalists in the culminating event of the STAR program, which began earlier this year with the naming of 462 STAR Students selected from participating public and independent schools from across the state. The PAGE STAR program is coordinated and sponsored by the PAGE Foundation. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education are co-sponsors. Donors to the event include AT&T Georgia, Cecil B. Day Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Mozelle Christian and The Coca-Cola Company. Now in its 49th year, the program has honored more than 21,000 students and their teachers for academic excellence. Eleven of this year’s finalists scored 2400 on one administration of the SAT test that now includes Critical Reading, Math and Writing.

First Runner-up Craig Western, of Peachtree City, was presented a crystal bowl and a $1,000 scholarship from the PAGE Foundation by PAGE President Dr. Anna Brown. Bill Covington, key account manager for The Coca-Cola Company, also presented the First Runner-up with The Coca-Cola Scholarship of $1,000. Mozelle Christian, the first director of the STAR program, presented the First Runner-up State PAGE STAR Teacher Mary Wilde with the Mozelle Christian Award of $500. Wilde also received a crystal bowl from the PAGE Foundation presented by Dr. Magill.

PAGE, the PAGE Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company sponsored the State Banquet. The Coca-Cola Company also sponsored the evening’s reception and presented each of the 19 finalists with a $100 award. PAGE Executive Director

STAR is one of several programs of academic excellence sponsored by the PAGE Foundation. Other academic competitions include the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon (GAD) and the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades. Through its sponsorship of Future Educators Association of Georgia (FEA of GA), Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE), PAGE Foundation Scholarships, and professional learning, the PAGE Foundation works to recruit capable people to the teaching profession and provide career-long professional learning opportunities for educators.

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