Scholar, musician, athlete and activist all describe Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Erin Brousseau.
Now, the 18-year-old can add STAR Student to her list.
Brousseau earned the honor by notching the school’s highest SAT score, 2270, for this year and ranking in the top 10 percent of her class.
“Erin is the reason programs like STAR Student exist,” said Augusta Prep math teacher Tim Shafer. “Erin not only earned that recognition, she deserves it. Students like her should be recognized for their accomplishments.”
Those accomplishments include becoming a National Merit Scholar, being chosen president of Student Council and vice-president of the National Honors Society. Brousseau also belongs to the Green Club and plays volleyball and soccer.
Already accepted by Washington University in St. Louis, she also has applied to Yale, Dartmouth and Amherst College.
Brousseau admittedly struggles in math, but chose Shafer as STAR Teacher.
“It’s never been my best subject, but he (Shafer) has a way of making math relatable,” Brousseau said. “He wants you to succeed and he helps you find a way to succeed.”
Considering how well Brousseau performed in his honors algebra and AP calculus classes, Shafer said it’s a testament to Brousseau’s brilliance that math is her difficult subject.
“Erin is blessed with academic talent, but more than that, she takes advantage of it,” Shafer said.
This is the eighth STAR Teacher honor Shafer has won in his 29-year teaching career.
“It’s humbling,” he said of winning so often. “It makes you take a look at yourself and makes you want to perform at your best to deserve it.”