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Mount Vernon’s STAR Student: Arial Strode

Feb 21, 2018 | All School, Upper School News


Known for her service through Interact and the National Honor Society as well as her love for all things literature and writing– her peers agree that this student is unmatched in her love for learning. Arial Strode is this year’s STAR Student for the Class of 2018. She selected Mr. Sam Baroody as her STAR teacher.
Arial reflects on the honor, “I was very surprised to get this award. This is not something that was on my radar. I wasn’t thinking about this. I just do my best and this was simply affirmation that good things will come if you work hard.”
Mr. Baroody shares, “I am not the slightest bit surprised that Arial was honored. She works very hard in everything she does, and pushes everyone around her to be better — including herself. I look forward to the amazing things that she will do in the next phase of her life.”
STAR Student & Teacher Award:
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each high school STAR Student is asked to name a faculty member who inspired their learning as his/her STAR Teacher.