Sameer Gupta, a senior at Bibb County’s Central High School, is the 2006 State PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student. He named his IB History teacher, Stanford Brown, as his State PAGE STAR Teacher. Adam Steiner, a senior at Effingham County’s South Effingham High School, was named First Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student and chose Christa Martin, his Honors Analysis teacher, as his STAR Teacher.

State PAGE STAR Student Sameer Gupta
and STAR Teacher Stanford Brown
Runner-Up State PAGE STAR Student
Adam Steiner and STAR Teacher Christa Martin

The announcement came on April 26 at the 2006 State PAGE STAR Banquet held at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Fourteen STAR Student Region Winners were finalists in the culminating event of the STAR program, which began earlier this year with the naming of 448 STAR Students selected from participating public and independent schools from across the state. The STAR program is coordinated and sponsored by the PAGE Foundation. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education are co-sponsors. Now in its 48th year, the program has honored more than 20,000 students and their teachers for academic excellence. Three of this year’s finalists scored 2400 on one administration of the new SAT test that now includes Critical Reading, Math and Writing.

Gupta plans to attend Princeton University, where he will study Biological Anthropology. As this year’s State PAGE STAR Student, he was honored with a $5,000 scholarship from BellSouth, presented by BellSouth Regional Manager of External Affairs Dennis Boyden. His chosen State PAGE STAR Teacher Stanford Brown received a $2,500 cash award from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, presented by its Executive Vice President Blitch Ann Bird. First Runner-up Adam Steiner plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall, where he will study Nuclear Engineering. PAGE President Ken Russell presented the First Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student Adam Steiner with a crystal bowl and a $1,000 scholarship from the PAGE Foundation. Bill Covington, key account manager for The Coca-Cola Company, also presented the First Runner-up with The Coca-Cola Scholarship of $1,000. Mozelle Christian, the first director of the STAR program, presented the First Runner-up State PAGE STAR Teacher Christa Martin with the Mozelle Christian Award of $500. PAGE, the PAGE Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company sponsored the State Banquet. The Coca-Cola Company also sponsored the evening’s reception and presented each of the fourteen finalists with a $100 award. PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill and PAGE Foundation President

Tom Wommack presented these finalists and their teachers with a hand-blown glass star. At their region events, Regional Winners received a $500 cash award from the Cecil B. Day Foundation. Sponsors of this year’s event were represented by Georgia Chamber of Commerce President George M. Israel, III, and Georgia Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jeanie Weathersby. Jack Keen, a Gifted Honors Calculus teacher at Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Georgia, received a special award commemorating his being honored as a STAR Teacher for the 28th time

Jefferson High School Gifted Honors Calculus Teacher Jack Keen (left) was honored with a plaque commemorating his 28th time at being selected as a STAR Teacher. He is shown here with this year’s Jefferson High School STAR Student Kristie Champlin (right), who selected Keen as her STAR Teacher.

2006 PAGE STAR Student and Teacher Region Winners
The 2006 STAR Region Winners/State Finalists pictured are: (left from bottom of stairs to top) Kaitlyn Frazier of Evans; Victoria Foxgrover of Atlanta; Jonathan Armour of Alto; Sameer Gupta of Macon; Carole House of Midland; Kayce Mobley of Brunswick; Adam Steiner of Rincon; Jacob O’Neal of Hahira; Steven Sumners of Leesburg; Tamesha Derico of Albany; Amanda Brouillette of Lilburn; Michael Clark of Marietta; Peter Scheidt of Watkinsville; and Sam Abney of Tallapoosa.

Region 1 Haralson County
STAR Student: Samuel Abney
STAR Teacher: Ms. Jane Goldin
School: Haralson County High School
Sponsor: Tallapoosa Lions Club

Region 2 Habersham County
STAR Student: Jonathan Armour
STAR Teacher: Dr. Wanda Morris
School: Habersham Central High School
Sponsor: Habersham County Chamber of Commerce

Region 3A Cobb County
STAR Student: Michael Clark
STAR Teacher: Ms. Debbie Poss
School: Lassiter High School
Sponsor: Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club

Region 3A Gwinnett County
STAR Student: Amanda Brouillette
STAR Teacher: Dr. Doug Wagner
School: Parkview High School
Sponsor: Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce

Region 3B Atlanta City
STAR Student: Victoria Foxgrover
STAR Teacher: Ms. Helen Smith
School: Pace Academy
Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, Inc.

Region 4 Oconee County
STAR Student: Peter Scheidt
STAR Teacher: Mr. David Fish
School: Westminster Christian Academy
Sponsor: Oconee County Chamber of Commerce

Region 5 Muscogee County
STAR Student: Carole House
STAR Teacher: Mr. Paul Hampton
School: Columbus High School
Sponsor: Rotary Club of Columbus

Region 6 Bibb County
STAR Student: Sameer Gupta
STAR Teacher: Mr. Stanford Brown
School: Central High School
Sponsor: Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce

Region 7 Columbia County
STAR Student: Kaitlyn Frazier
STAR Teacher: Mr. Timothy Shafer
School: Augusta Preparatory Day School
Sponsor: Harlem Woman's Club

Region 8 Effingham County
STAR Student: Adam Steiner
STAR Teacher: Ms. Christa Martin
School: South Effingham High School
Sponsor: Effingham County Rotary Club

Region 9 Dougherty County
STAR Student: Tamesha Derico
STAR Teacher: Ms. Polly Stadnik
School: Westover High School
Sponsor: Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Region 9 Lee County
STAR Student: Steven Sumners
STAR Teacher: Ms. Kelly Dowling
School: Lee County High School
Sponsor: Lee County Chamber of Commerce

Region 10 Lowndes County
STAR Student: Jacob O'Neal
STAR Teacher: Ms. Teresa Hall
School: Lowndes High School
Sponsor: Azalea City Kiwanis Club

Region 11 Glynn County
STAR Student: Kayce Mobley
STAR Teacher: Mr. Wayne Ervin
School: Brunswick High School
Sponsor: Brunswick Junior Women's Club