There's a happy twist to the story of this year's Star Student at Fitzgerald High School.
"He had a really big impact on my life," said Fitzgerald High School senior Jessica Stanfill.
There was no hesitation for Fitzgerald High School senior Jessica Stanfill when it came time for the STAR student to select her STAR teacher.
She selected her fifth grade social studies teacher, Ralph Caldwell, who passed away a few years ago.
"Out of all the teachers I had he cared about his students more than just them doing well in the classroom and that was important to me," said Stanfill.
Stanfill says they attended church together and she knew him most of her life.
"He was always encouraging in everything that I wanted to accomplish and a great mentor."
Principal Bell says, though the award is based on the highest SAT score, Stanfill definitely deserves recognition.
"She's just an excellent student, excellent young lady and a great ambassador for Fitzgerald High School."
In honor of Mr Caldwell, his daughter will stand in on his behalf.
"I'm glad she is here and able to recognize him," said Stanfill.
Stanfill will accept a soccer scholarship at the University of Richmond this fall.