The luncheon was held at Trish Ann’s Antique Store and Tea Room May 16 and was attended by the honorees and a roomful of proud parents and grandparents. The Rising Star program is sponsored by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, and the program was led by Executive Director Pam Christopher.
In addition to lunch, the 29 students received a certificate of achievement presented by Jones County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun and a $50 savings bond. Each student was sponsored by local businesses and individuals.
The students had the opportunity at the luncheon to vote for a Rising Star Teacher. The selected teacher will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Ace Hardware, a coffee travel mug filled with candy, and recognition on a plaque that will be placed at each middle school.
LeBrun spoke to the middle school students with words of encouragement and congratulated them on their grades thus far. The students also heard from this year’s JCHS STAR Students, Christina ‘CJ’ Childs and Danielle Lassiter. The two seniors both received the honor because they had tying scores of 1250 on the SAT.
Childs is also the valedictorian for the class of 2008, and Lassiter is this year’s salutatorian.
Christopher said Rising Stars recognition programs were created in an effort to recognize academic excellence and encourage students at the beginning of their academic careers to strive to be all that they can be.
A complete list of rising star students is printed on page C14, the Chamber Connection.