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The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Partnership Gwinnett have recognized Gwinnett’s best and brightest students and teachers through the PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. The awards celebrate the achievements of STAR students and teachers from Gwinnett County high schools, both public and private.

STAR students and teachers from the north Gwinnett and surrounding areas include:

• STAR Student Monroe Harless and STAR Teacher Gail Harris from Buford High School

• STAR Student James Morgan and STAR Teacher Justin Johnson from Buford High School

• STAR Student Vachan Patel and STAR Teacher Lisa Cole from Buford High School

• STAR Student Caitlyn Coker and STAR Teacher Cherie McAdams from Dacula High School

• STAR Student Samuel Lee and STAR Teacher Joel Sisson from Lanier High School

• STAR Student Veronica Roberson and STAR Teacher David Metrio from Lanier High School

• STAR Student Zachary “Zach” Bryce Shapiro and STAR Teacher Greg Marr from Mill Creek High School

• STAR Student Sarah Park and STAR Teacher Andrea Boyce from North Gwinnett High School

• STAR Student Lilian “Lily” Cho and STAR Teacher Heather Adams from Sugar Hill Christian Academy

Since its creation, the STAR program has honored almost 28,000 students and the teachers they have selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination.

“We are very proud of our high school students for being recognized as academic achievers of excellence within their respective schools,” said Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “These young people are incredible representatives of our powerful public and private school systems in Gwinnett County.”

Star Students at the individual school levels will compete for school system recognition as the top STAR Student, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners contend for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. STAR Teachers continue with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the celebration of these exceptional Gwinnett County students and teachers each year,” said Adam Forrand, vice president of Education, Talent & Leadership Development at Partnership Gwinnett. “We thank our teachers for the extraordinary investment they make in their students every day. We hope to see these students continue their personal and professional paths right here in Gwinnett County regardless of where their post-secondary plans take them.”

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