The May 1 program– which celebrates middle school students making all As for the entire school year – recognized 192 students, more than a 30 percent increase over the 2013 number of 149.
This year, for the first time, the recognition program was held at Gray Station Middle School, and the keynote speaker was Jones County’s STAR Student Sarah Pounds. The speaker was introduced by School Superintendent William Mathews.
Mathews recited a long list of Pounds’ accomplishments, noting that she was an athlete as well as a scholar. The STAR student is also known for her volunteerism.
“This young lady understands the service aspect of life,” he said.
Pounds began her speech by taking a selfie of herself with the Rising Star students behind her, asking all the students to stand. She congratulated the students on their accomplishments.
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