North Paulding High School student Nicole Kennard, daughter of Karen and Richard Kennard, won the county’s STAR Student award. She named chemistry teacher Tammy Brown as her STAR Teacher.
Kennard scored a 2200 on her SAT, and plans to major in material science engineering at Georgia Tech, she said.
“I want to work with biodegradable plastics,” she said.
Kennard is environmentally friendly. She created her school’s environmental club, called the Green Team, her sophomore year.
“I’ve always loved the environment,” Kennard said.
Kennard will go to compete at the region level in Rome, and at the state level April 29 in Atlanta if she wins the region.
STAR stands for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition. A school’s STAR student is a senior who holds the highest overall SAT score in their high school and is in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their graduating class, according to a news release from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
In 1956, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce created the STAR Program, and it is now cosponsored by the Georgia chamber, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the Georgia Department of Education. In the 55 years of the program, it has honored more than 23,500 students and teachers in the state, according to the news release.
The Paulding chamber was the main sponsor for the event, which honored the STAR students from each high school in the county school district. The chamber hosted the reception on Feb. 12 at the school district offices in Dallas, said Director of Member Services Kevin Kirby.
“The Paulding Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring this program for our community for over 40 years,” Kirby said.
At the event each high school winner was recognized and received different items donated by sponsors, including a $500 check from the chamber.
Each student chose a STAR teacher as well. This teacher is who the student says had the most impact on their academic career, according to the news release. Each teacher also received items donated by sponsors, including a $100 gift card from Members First Credit Union, Kirby said.
Paulding's STAR students include:
• Samantha Clapp, daughter of Dena and Douglas Clapp, from Paulding County High School, who plans to attend Georgia College and State University.
• Samantha “Brooke” Hart, daughter of Charles Hart and Jena Callahan, from South Paulding High School, who plans to attend Kennesaw State University.
• Nicole Kennard, daughter of Karen and Richard Kennard, from North Paulding High School, who plans to attend Georgia Tech (system winner).
• Anna “Ruthie” Phillips, daughter of Lisa and Tim Phillips, from Hiram High School, who is undecided on a college.
• Johnathan Todd, son of Elizabeth and Randy Todd, from East Paulding High School, who plans to attend Georgia Tech.