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Greenbrier STAR Student enjoys math

Posted: March 4, 2012 - 1:03am
Greenbrier STAR student Brenton McCorvey selected math teacher Anthony Cummings as his STAR teacher.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier STAR student Brenton McCorvey selected math teacher Anthony Cummings as his STAR teacher.

Greenbrier High School started what they hope to become a new tradition this school year of hanging banners displaying the names of STAR students and teachers.

A banner for 2012 STAR Student Brenton McCorvey and STAR Teacher Tony Cummings recently joined 15 others in the school’s main hallway.

“It’s humbling knowing it’s going to be hanging up there,” McCorvey, 17, said while eyeing the banner.

McCorvey earned the STAR Student honor after notching a 2190 on a single administration of the
SAT and placing in the top 10 percent of his class. McCorvey is ranked third.

The senior said he chose seventh-year math teacher Cummings because of his easy-going nature.

“He’s very intelligent, but laid-back,” McCorvey said of his accelerated math 3 teacher.

A longtime math enthusiast, Cummings said he chose to teach the subject to help those who struggle.

“Math isn’t the easiest subject for a lot of students,” he said.

“I kind of want to show them it doesn’t have to be so hard, with shortcuts or other things I’ve learned over the years.”

McCorvey, though, presented a different problem for Cummings.

“He’s very difficult to challenge,” said Cummings, adding that he even turned to a Mensa calendar for math problems that might task McCorvey’s skills.

McCorvey hopes to capitalize on his math talents by pursuing a career as a physicist.

“It’s an exciting and expanding field,” he said.

Currently, McCorvey is awaiting replies from Princeton and MIT with the hopes of attending one of the schools in the fall.

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