A celebration of that achievement was held May 13 at the W.E. Knox Center. The event is known as the Rising Star Recognition Program, and it is sponsored by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce. The program had to be moved to the auditorium because it outgrew its former venue, Healy Point Country Club.
A total of 149 students were recognized Monday. They each received certificates and a $50 check, and a local business and/or individual sponsored each of them.
The first Rising Star recognition program was held at Trish Ann’s Tea Room in Haddock in 2008 and honored 29 students. In 2009 the number of students almost doubled to 54 and it was moved to Healy Point. In 2010 students recognized totaled 85, the number increased to 91 in 2011, and 120 in 2012.
That record was broken once again this year, and 25 of those 149 students have made all As for their entire middle school career.
The Knox Center was filled beyond capacity for the program, with the honorees taking up half of the 300 seats in the facility.
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