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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