Meet Patel

Luella High School senior Meet Patel, center, is surrounded by school system officials, family members and community members after being announced as the Henry County STAR Student. Celebrants include, from left, school board members Holly Cobb and Annette Edwards, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis and Patel’s STAR teacher, math instructor Dean Goldgar. At far right is Henry County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Gill.

Luella High School senior Meet Patel earned the highest SAT score out of public and private school seniors throughout Henry County.

For that accomplishment, he earned county STAR Student status, celebrated at a recent annual banquet held by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge.

According to a news release, Patel is now up for a regional award in the 60th anniversary Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.

Patel owns a 4.54 grade point average and is pondering Yale and Harvard universities among his choices to study evolutionary genetics, the release stated.

Each STAR student picks a teacher who influenced his or her studies the most.

Patel chose math teacher Dean Goldgar, who said he was honored.

“It means that I’ve made a difference in a young person’s life,” Goldgar said in a statement. “It’s definitely nice to know I have helped inspire a student to be as successful as they can be.”

The regional competition is March 20, followed by the state competition April 23.

Other Henry County STAR student and teacher honorees are:

-Bible Baptist Christian School—student Hallie Davis, teacher Diane Pittman.

-Community Christian School—student Joseph Ashley, teacher Sal Angelica, Ed.D.

-Creekside Christian Academy—student Mindy Chapman, teacher Faith Parnell.

-Dutchtown High School—student Hunter McCormick, teacher Ira Davis, Ed.D.

-Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy—student Jane Han, teacher Judith Lockhart.

-Eagle’s Landing High School—student Dhruv Patel, teacher Jennie Borders.

-Hampton High School—student Vincent Silva, teacher Myranda Masters.

-*Henry County High School—student William Spradlin, teacher Alison Beecher.

-*Henry County High School—student Jalen McDowell, teacher Misty Leach.

-Locust Grove High School—student Hunter Mason, teacher Ali Burch.

-New Creation Christian Academy—student Ariel Ebaugh, teacher Bonnie Gardner.

-Ola High School—student Ethan Zakrewski, teacher Jeffery Burns.

-Stockbridge High School—student Jacy Scott, teacher Joy Hebert-Woodward.

-Strong Rock Christian School—student Anna White, teacher Tammy Sanders.

-*Union Grove High School—student Marissa McDonald, teacher Melissa Davis, Ed.D.

-*Union Grove High School—student James Panaro III, teacher Patricia Mann.

-Woodland High School—student Kavin Phan, teacher Beth Gordon.

*indicates a tie

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