Congratulations to MSMS students Magdalen Dobson, Ben Emmich, Shreya Gunapati, Kate Johnson, Ramya Murali, and Katie Shy on being recognized as STAR Students (Student-Teacher-Achievement Recognition Program). STAR students are recognized for their academic achievement among the state’s high school students. The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and the M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the STAR Program. According to the MEC website, STAR students must have an ACT score of 25 or higher and an overall grade average of 93 or above in selected subjects in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and first-semester of twelfth grade.
The MSMS students are six of over 200 STAR students across the state that will be under consideration for twenty scholarships given to the top students. The top STAR student will receive a $24,000 scholarship, with the first runner-up receiving $20,000, and second runner-up receiving $16,000. The remaining 17 students will receive $500.
Each STAR student is given the opportunity to honor a teacher who has had a large impact on their development. This year’s STAR teachers are Mrs. Koenigsberger, Mr. Legget, Dr. Bearden, Mrs. Zarandona, Mrs. Wagner, and Dr. Curtis. As STAR teachers, they have a chance of receiving $250 or $500 in awards based on where their STAR Student ranks in comparison to the other students across the state.
MSMS’s STAR Students and Teachers will be honored at the Education Celebration in Jackson on April 30th where the scholarships and awards will be given.
In 2014, $74,000 in scholarships and awards were given to STAR Students and Teachers. Learn more about the STAR Program athttp://www.msmec.com/star-student-teacher-achievement-recognition-program.