ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Juliette Hu, a Westover High School senior, was named the top STAR student in Dougherty County, Friday.
Hu, who is deciding between Cal Tech and Georgia Tech to start her college career, thanked her parents, and Westover Teacher Thomas Amos, Counselor Terry McKay and Principal William Chunn, for their support and efforts to grow her in her academic success.
"This is so exciting," Hu said, following the announcement Friday, March 4. "I'm grateful for the all the support that my teachers and family have given me and I'm glad to be included in such a great group of students."
Hu will represent all of Dougherty County, both public and private schools, in the regional STAR competition in Americus.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math and writing sections.
Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher. High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and system STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions. Region winners and their STAR Teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR scholarships and awards.
Amos, who was Hu's STAR Teacher, had high compliments for his student. "Of all of my students, she is certainly the brightest and her work ethic is just simply unmatched," he said.
Honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, Hu received her award alongside school-level STAR Students Justin Evans from Albany High, Jasmine Davis from Monroe Comprehensive High School and private school STAR students Helena Augenstein and Emma Goldsmith from Deerfield-Windsor School and Dallas Ausburn from Sherwood Christian Academy.
Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program has honored nearly 25,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.