2007-02-14 / Front Page

Kayla Calhoun of Miller County High School Is Named 2007 Page STAR Student

(L-R) MCHS Principal Ginger Webster; STAR teacher Bill Spooner; STAR student Kayla Calhoun and Ameris Bank representative Tracy Pickle (L-R) MCHS Principal Ginger Webster; STAR teacher Bill Spooner; STAR student Kayla Calhoun and Ameris Bank representative Tracy Pickle Kayla Calhoun, a senior, has been named 2007 PAGE STAR Student for Miller County High School. The announcement was made by Tracy Pickle, representing Ameris Bank in Colquitt, local sponsor of the Miller County STAR program. Kayla, the daughter of Kevin and Sherry Calhoun of Colquitt, selected Bill Spooner, agriculture teacher at Miller County High School, as her STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, in its 49th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 20,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. Students are selected on the basis of their SAT scores and class standing/scholastic averages.

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 200 statewide civic organizations and businesses that sponsor local programs.

"We are very proud of Kayla Calhoun and Bill Spooner and the academic excellence they exemplify at Miller County High School," said Mr. Pickle.

Kayla has a brother, Colt, in seventh grade at Miller County Middle School. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Faye Bush, the late J.E. Calhoun, Joanne Holland and the late Jack Holland. She is the great- granddaughter of Nancy Kenney. Kayla plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall and major in political science and complete her education in law school in Washington, D.C.

STAR Teacher, Bill Spooner, has taught agriculture classes at Miller County High School and has been FFA sponsor for 23 years. "It has indeed been a pleasure to have Kayla as a part of our agriculture education and FFA program. She strives for excellence not only academically but in every day life. She has been a joy to teach, and it is truly an honor to be chosen as her STAR teacher," said Mr. Spooner.

Mrs. Ginger Webster, principal of Miller County High School, expressed her excitement about Kayla earning the STAR Student award and her choice of Mr. Bill Spooner as her STAR Teacher. Mrs. Webster stated, "Kayla has distinguished herself as an excellent student at MCHS, and Mr. Bill Spooner is a wonderful choice as STAR Teacher. Mr. Spooner and Kayla have worked closely on many projects for our outstanding FFA chapter. Mr. Spooner has continuously given wholeheartedly of his time and energy to the students and vocational program of MCHS. I congratulate both recipients."

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