Robert “Jake” Churchill, a senior at North Atlanta High School in Buckhead, has taken his STAR-dom to nearly the top of the group of all high school seniors in Georgia.
As the senior with the highest ACT or SAT score also in the top 10% of the class, Churchill was chosen the school’s Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) award winner, or STAR student, in February. He has weighted average of 102 (97 unweighted) and scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT.
Then Churchill was named the Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE)’s STAR Banquet April 29 at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel in Duluth. Churchill chose North Atlanta band teacher Adam Brooks as his STAR Teacher.
Joyce Qiaosi Liu, a senior at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, is the 2019 State PAGE STAR Student. She named Lowndes Advanced Placement calculus teacher Rebecca Martin as her State PAGE STAR Teacher.
Winners were finalists in the culminating event of the annual STAR program for high school seniors. Among the 15 finalists, six scored 1600 on one administration of the SAT, and all were in the top 10% or top 10 of their class.
The search for the State PAGE STAR Student began earlier this school year with the naming of a record-breaking 609 local STAR Students from each of the participating public and independent high schools across the state. In turn, those STAR students then recognized the teacher who had the most influence on their success as their STAR Teacher.
“Recognizing these outstanding students and their teachers in region events and then at the state banquet each year is our great honor,” PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper said in a news release. “We are pleased to be a major sponsor and administrator for the STAR program to ensure that Georgia’s excellent students and teachers receive the attention they’ve earned through their success.”
As this year’s State PAGE STAR Student, Liu was honored with a $5,000 scholarship from PAGE, and Martin received a $2,500 cash award from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation. As runner-up, Churchill was presented a PAGE $1,000 scholarship, and Brooks earned a $500 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, along with the $500 Mozelle Christian Endowment Award.
Each state winner received a crystal award. Local STAR students and teachers attending the banquet received a memento of the evening. At the 12 PAGE STAR Region events, Region STAR Students received a $400 cash scholarship from PAGE. Region STAR Teachers received a $200 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.