2020 Coweta County STAR Students And Teachers Named
From Coweta County Schools Press Release
Northgate High School Student Luke Hanks has been named Coweta County’s 2020 STAR Student.
Hank’s was recognized at the 2020 Coweta County STAR Student and Teacher luncheon, along with the STAR Students and Teachers of six Coweta County public and private high schools. Thomas Crossroads Elementary Gifted Teacher Pamela Hendrix was chosen as his STAR Teacher, and shares the county-wide honor with Hanks.
The annual luncheon was hosted by the Newnan Rotary Club on Friday, at the Newnan Country Club. STAR Students from East Coweta High School, Newnan High School, Northgate High School, the Heritage School, Central Christian School, and Trinity Christian School were all recognized at the event, along with their chosen STAR Teachers, parents and school representatives.
This year’s STAR Students and Teachers from Coweta County’s six participating schools were:
Central Christian School – STAR Student Nathan Finley and STAR Teacher Justin Stephens (Honors U.S. History, Central Christian School School).
East Coweta High School – STAR Student Josh White and STAR Teacher Amanda Bowles (AP Calculus teacher, East Coweta High School).
The Heritage School – STAR Student Sovi Wellons and STAR Teacher Emily Camp (AP Biology, the Heritage School).
Newnan High School – STAR Student Zach Quick and STAR Teacher Jason Weidert (AP European History teacher, Newnan High School).
Northgate High School – STAR Student Luke Hanks and STAR Teacher Pamela Hendrix (Gifted teacher, Thomas Crossroads Elementary School).
Trinity Christian School – STAR Student John Geter and STAR Teacher Jennifer Rinkenberger (AP Calculus, Trinity Christian School).
Hanks and Hendrix will attend the region 3B STAR Student honors on March 24, at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan, as a candidate for regional STAR Student.. Hanks is Northgate’s 2020 Valedictorian, and plans on attending Georgia Tech upon graduation this year.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program recognizes top academic students in Georgia high schools each year at the school, county, regional and state levels. To be named STAR, senior class students must have the highest score in their school in one sitting on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) taken through the November test date of their senior year. They must also be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
STAR students are asked to honor the educator who most influenced their academic achievement by naming them as their STAR Teacher. All five STAR teachers introduced the Rotary members to their students at Friday’s program, citing their scholarship, high character, and their extracurricular and civic accomplishments.
The Newnan Rotary Club serves as the local sponsor for the statewide STAR program, which recognizes top-achieving high school students each year. The students’ STAR Teachers introduced their students at the Friday program, and were joined by their parents, principals or school heads and other school representatives.
The STAR Program is organized by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Department of Education. The Newnan Rotary Club hosts the STAR program locally.
Pictured above: Northgate High School student Luke Hanks and Thomas Crossroads Teacher Pamela Hendrix were named Coweta’s 2020 county-wide STAR Student and Teacher on February 28.