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Senior Hunter Whitney Named STAR Student

Jan 7, 2015 | Impact, Upper School News

hunterSenior, and Outreach Prefect, Hunter Whitney has been named Mount Vernon’s 2015 STAR student, a statewide recognition for academic excellence.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 57th year, is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educations (PAGE) Foundation. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
Not only does Hunter have the highest SAT score in his class, he also has the best ACT score and is in the top 1% of the Class of 2015.

STAR students are asked to identify a STAR teacher to share in this recognition. A teacher who has had the most influence on their academic achievement. Hunter’s choice is Zach Strother, his debate team coach and Physics teacher. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored nearly 25,000 students and the teachers they have selected.
In addition to Hunter’s academic prowess, his activities outside of the classroom have helped to shape the young man he is today. He is a founding member of the debate team, National Honor Society member, National Spanish Honor Society member, saxophone and guitar player, member of the Praise Band, Cross Country runner, baseball player and swimmer. Recently completing his Eagle Scout project, he will receive his rank prior to graduation. Furthermore, Hunter’s faith has taken him on a mission trip to Zambia with Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Well deserved, Hunter. Congratulations!
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The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the parent organization of the Foundation, is a statewide professional association of more than 84,000 teachers, administrators and support personnel members. PAGE provides professional learning for educators to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement.