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Twelve HCS Students Among Henry County Chamber of Commerce STAR Honorees

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Chamber of Commerce recognized 12 exceptional Henry County Schools (HCS) high school students and their teachers during the Jan. 23 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) reception.

The HCS honorees, which included ties at Woodland High and Union Grove High, were among 18 Henry County students the Chamber recognized at the annual event at the Fairview Performing Arts Center. The students’ families, Chamber officials, and local industry leaders joined HCS administrators in celebrating their outstanding academic accomplishments.

  • Bible Baptist Christian School: Ethan Black (student), Michelle Parker (teacher)
  • Community Christian School: Bihan Bhattrai (student), Cindy Balsam (teacher)
  • Creekside Christian Academy: William McGinnis (student), Lewis Moye (teacher)
  • Dutchtown High School: Avi Patel (student), Shenera Yearby (teacher)
  • Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy: Nicholas Mathew (student), Shelley McNeight (teacher)
  • Eagles Landing High School: Mahil Hiren Patel (student), Archie Proveaux (teacher)
  • Hampton High School: Kyler Scott McAdams (student), Pamela Chester (teacher)
  • Locust Grove High School: Jenna Alexandra Powers (student), Patrick Harp (teacher)
  • Luella High School: Camden Keesey (student), Jaime Henck (teacher)
  • McDonough High School: Keara Santori Field (student), Bridgette Presley (teacher)
  • New Creation Christian Academy: Carter MacNeil (student), Patrick Perkins (teacher)
  • Ola High School: Audrey Lynne Walton (student), Joshua Singleton (teacher)
  • Stockbridge High School: Aubrey Michelle Perry (student), Jennifer Clark (teacher)
  • Strong Rock Christian School: Christina Kurten (student), Marsha Sanders (teacher)
  • Union Grove High School Curtis Nguyen (student), Dr. Darby Purvis (teacher)
  • Union Grove High School: Harshika Garlapati (student), Ashleigh Eidson (teacher)
  • Woodland High School: Anuoluwagbemi Blessing Olusanya (student), Nina Kendall (teacher)
  • Woodland High School: Jose-Julian Elias Borrero (student), Benjamin Rawlins (teacher)

The STAR Student program recognizes academic aptitude and excellence. To qualify, a student must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10% or top 10 students in their class based on grade-point average.

Each STAR Student chose a teacher they identified as having a significant impact on their academic success to be similarly recognized and honored.

“The Henry County Chamber of Commerce has a strong history of support for education, and I personally share an interest in and passion for educational attainment,” said Chamber President and CEO Joseph Henning. “The Henry Chamber is active in encouraging growth and achievement of our school system and its students. Whether it is providing recognition to top students, as we are today, or working to make new teachers to Henry County feel welcome at the annual Educator Launch, the Chamber has as one of its top goals the support of Henry County Schools.”

The students received certificates and a monetary award from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and community partners. Local chambers of commerce host their district’s ceremony each year with sponsorship support from businesses in the community.

“The STAR program highlights our students' hard work and incredible achievements,” said HCS Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis. “Celebrating their academic accomplishments also emphasizes the vital role teachers play every day in guiding them and shaping their long-term success.”

This year’s countywide winners of the STAR student and teacher were Nicholas Mathew and Shelley McNeight from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. They are now eligible to compete at the regional level and potentially the state level of competition.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education sponsor the statewide annual STAR competition.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce started the STAR program in 1958, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of students and teachers across the state.

About Henry County Schools
Henry County Schools (HCS) is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, consisting of 52 schools, including two academies, located about 20 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Over the past 20 years, our community has grown in population from 113,000 residents to over 244,000 residents. Since 1999, student enrollment has grown from 21,000 to 43,000 students, and our number of employees has grown from 3,000 to 6,000.

HCS is “In Pursuit of Exceptional,” taking action to advance opportunities, access, and outcomes so that every student in our school district has Exceptional Support, Exceptional Access, and an Exceptional Future. In 2020, our Board of Education adopted our 2021-2026 Community-Inspired Strategic Plan and laid out a clear vision and mission for Henry County Schools. Our vision is to ensure a high-quality, world-class education for every student, and our mission is to empower all students with exceptional opportunities and access that lead to success in a global society.