The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. During the past 55 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc. was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education. PAGE's 84,000+ members are privileged to continue the tradition of recognizing Georgia's future leaders and honoring the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars.
Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in the STAR program. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on 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 math, critical reading 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 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.
Locally, STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from the more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Region recognitions are coordinated by Region Chairs who serve as ambassadors for the state program in the 12 STAR regions. The State PAGE STAR Banquet, held in Atlanta each year, is attended by dozens of STAR Students, their families, education, civic and business leaders and many Georgia educators. Georgia's STAR Students and their STAR Teachers are invited to attend the state banquet as guests of their local sponsors or schools. At the state banquet, the region winners and all local winners attending are recognized. Region winners are interviewed, and the runner-up and State PAGE STAR Student and STAR Teacher are announced.
At the local, region and state levels, the PAGE STAR Program unites educators with the business and civic community to honor academic excellence.
2013 State PAGE STAR Student and STAR Teacher
Gainesville High School's William Franklin Morris of Gainesville City is the 2013 State PAGE STAR Student and Pamela Rollins Michelsen, is the 2013 STAR Teacher.