Having been the home school of what are now eight straight winners of the county’s STAR student award, it is more a community of scholars, according to assistant principal Andre Weaver.
The Douglas County Rotary Club recently honored senior Madeline Gibbs as the county’s Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, or STAR, student for 2014.
The daughter of Evan and Melanie Gibbs scored the highest of any senior on the SAT in any of the county’s five public and six private high schools.
She garnered a score of 2270 of a possible 2400 points on the standardized college entrance exam.
Gibbs is in her fourth year at the school and will attend Auburn University, where she plans to major in architecture. Her STAR teacher is Victoria Burnett.
The self-avowed history buff hopes to enter the field of interior design with an emphasis on the design and preservation of museums so she can maximize both interests.
“My father is a history teacher in the Douglas County School System, so I guess interest in history was just passed down to me,” Gibbs said.
She said she “had an inkling” that she had won the STAR student award for the county, shortly after meeting with a counselor who told her she had the highest score in her school.
“I was excited about winning the award,” she said. “I am known as one of the smart ones for our school and I take pride in that.”
Although she does not play any sports, Gibbs has no shortage of extracurricular activities, such as being in the school’s honor society and other student organizations.
However, she is perhaps better known for helping anchor the school’s “High Q” team.
“High Q” brings together four-member teams from high schools statewide in a televised competition to answer a wide range of questions suited for high school students.
Gibbs was part of last year’s “High Q” team which advanced to the show’s quarterfinals.
Weaver said Gibbs is a leader in school.
“Combining intelligence and leadership are two qualities that are often hard to find in the same student,” he said