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Chamber announces 2023 STAR Student and Teacher

During the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, regular session of the Cook County Board of Education, the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2023 STAR Student and Teacher. This year, the winners are Cook High School senior Jay Patel – STAR Student and Hope Weaver – STAR Teacher.

Heather Green, Chamber of Commerce president, and Shamika Durden, representing the Chamber Board of Directors, presented the awards.

L-R: Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce President Heather Green; Shamika Durden, representing the Chamber Board of Directors; Cook High School Principal Dr. Joi Williams; 2023 STAR Student Jay Patel; Cook County Board of Education Chairman Jeff Taylor; and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tim Dixon. Not pictured: STAR Teacher Hope Weaver

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is sponsored, administered, and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the PAGE Foundation. Since its creation by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1958, the STAR program has honored nearly 28,500 students and the teachers they have selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. The STAR Teacher is selected by the declared high school STAR Student for having made the most significant contribution to the STAR Student’s scholastic development.

Each year, the Adel-Cook Chamber has the honor of recognizing these individuals for their hard work and dedication.

Mrs. Green noted that Jay is a member of the Chamber’s Junior Board program. Mrs. Weaver is a Healthcare Science Teacher and Cook High HOSA Advisor.

We will have more on these honors in an upcoming issue. 

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