John Collin Summerlin, a high school senior at Tift County High School, has been named a 2014 PAGE STAR Student for PAGE STAR Region 10. PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill made the announcement during the Region 10 PAGE STAR banquet, which was held at the Valdosta Country Club March 13. Summerlin, the son of Karen Summerlin of Tifton, selected Debbie Salter, an English teacher at Tift County High School, as his STAR teacher. PAGE STAR Region Chair Karil Brockington and the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. Summerlin received a $500 cash award provided by the PAGE Foundation and Salter was awarded a $200 cash award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsor of the state program.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, now in its 56th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 24,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system titles, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student.
"It is such a pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of our region's top students and to know that they represent the promise of a better future for our country,” said Tom Carroll, president of Sunset Farm Food Inc. and vice chairman of the Workforce Development & Education Division of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.