2010-03-10 / Front Page

Kelsea Grimes, 2010 MCHS Star Student

MCHS by Kay Sheppard Kelsea Grimes has been

(L-R) Tracy Pickle, representative of Ameris Bank; Kelsea Grimes, STAR Student, and Georgia Ann Israel, STAR Teacher (L-R) Tracy Pickle, representative of Ameris Bank; Kelsea Grimes, STAR Student, and Georgia Ann Israel, STAR Teacher Kelsea Grimes has been named 2010 PAGE STAR Student for Miller County High School. The announcement was made by Tracy Pickle, representative of Ameris Bank in Colquitt, local sponsor of the Miller County STAR program. Kelsea is the daughter of Christy Bryan and Mark Grimes and granddaughter of Louie and Alma Jean Grimes and Jim and Gail Jones. She selected Georgia Ann Israel, Health and Medical Occupations teacher at Miller County High School, as her STAR teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, in its 52nd 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 21,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic success. 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 sponsor local programs.

“We are very proud of Kelsea Grimes and Georgia Ann Israel and the academic excellence they exemplify at Miller County High School,” said Mr. Pickle. Ameris Bank awards the STAR Student a scholarship and also sponsors the STAR Student and Teacher at the region STAR Awards Banquet in Americus.

Kelsea has been active in various clubs at MCHS and has achieved numerous academic awards and honors. She is the reporter for HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and the National Beta Club. As well as high school classes, Kelsea has been enrolled at Bainbridge College. Kelsea plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she will major in pre-veterinary medicine. Kelsea volunteers at Colquitt Animal Hospital and has founded a cat rescue in Colquitt. Kelsea’s brother, Tate Bryan, is a fifth grade student at MCES.

Kelsea chose as her STAR Teacher Georgia Ann Israel, who has taught Health and Medical Occupations at Miller County High School for 28 years. She stated, “Kelsea is a brilliant, self-motivated student. She has been an inspiration to me ever since she began taking Health Occupations classes. She has been an integral part of our HOSA organization by her dedication and dependability. She has excelled, with great enthusiasm, in all areas of her life. There are students in this profession that you never, ever forget, and Kelsea is one of them.”

Mr. Robert McIntosh, principal of Miller County High School, commends Kelsea on achieving STAR Student and her choice of Georgia Ann Israel as STAR Teacher. Mr. McIntosh stated, “Kelsea is an excellent academic representative of Miller County High School. Her leadership qualities are outstanding. It has been a pleasure to know Kelsea. I congratulate both Kelsea and Mrs. Israel on their accomplishments.”

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