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Chamber honors rising star students
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 05, 2011 | 3719 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County’s 2011 STAR Student Stephen Whipple spoke at the Rising Star luncheon. He shared some advice and encouragement with the underclassmen.
Jones County’s 2011 STAR Student Stephen Whipple spoke at the Rising Star luncheon. He shared some advice and encouragement with the underclassmen.
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Jones County’s Rising Star students were recognized and encouraged last week at a luncheon presented by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by State Bank and Trust, Central Georgia Technical College, Magnolia State Bank, Tri-County EMC, and The Jones County News.

The event was held at Healy Point Country Club April 27 and was attended by parents and grandparents who were obviously proud of the accomplishments of the eighth-graders.

Rising Star students are eighth-graders who have maintained all As on their report cards throughout the school year. The Rising Star Program was born in an effort to recognize academic excellence and encourage students at the beginning of their academic careers.  

This year’s STAR Student, Jones County High School senior Stephen Whipple, spoke to the honorees. Whipple won the honor of being the STAR student by scoring 1930 on his SAT, the highest in Jones County. He said he selected his ninth-grade world history teacher Will Mitcham as his STAR teacher for his style of teaching and because he always asked them why.

“Mr. Mitcham was most memorable because he taught us that ‘why’ is the most important question,” Whipple said. “I hope you find that causes are more important than the effects. Looking for the cause helps you find multiple solutions.”

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