Will Snider still isn’t sure where he wants to continue his education after he graduates from Evans High School, and isn’t certain what he’ll major in once he’s there.
But wherever the 2013 Columbia County STAR lands, he’ll undoubtedly be a success.
Snider, who scored just 10 points shy of perfect on the SAT, is the STAR for Evans High and last week topped six other Columbia County seniors to win the county’s STAR honor. He chose Pam Sellers as his STAR teacher.
“We get very little return on our investment sometimes as teachers,” said Sellers, who taught Snider Accelerated Math 3 in 11th grade. “For a fine young man such as William to select me and to say that I influenced and inspired him in his education means a great deal.”
Snider, 17, just takes it all in stride – even chalking up his 2390 on the SAT, in part, to luck.
“I was definitely ecstatic to get the score that I got,” he said. “I was certainly very lucky to get it, and I’m totally satisfied with it.”
Even with a high-school resume packed with academic honors – he’s president of the school’s Math Team and Math Honor Society and a National AP Scholar – he points out that “natural variations” in testing can help determine a score. “I got the upper end of that,” he said.
Snider isn’t just all work; he’s also set aside time for play – running track and serving as the drum major for the school’s marching band.
During the STAR Student reception Feb. 21, in which Snider was recognized as the county’s STAR, Greenbrier High School STAR teacher Michael Katterjohn – the school’s band director – noted that many of the STAR students this year, including Snider, participate in their schools’ band programs and said arts education boosts students’ success.
Snider agreed, mostly.
“I think it’s an important correlation,” he said. “The discipline that someone has, to stick with playing an instrument, carries over and makes them a better test-taker.”
Sellers said Snider, who also tutors five math students each week, is much more than just a test-taker.
“He’s just a bright person, willing to help others, has a quiet demeanor,” she said. “He’s confident yet humble at the same time, just an amazing combination.
“It’s one thing to be nominated as a STAR teacher, but on another level to be nominated as William’s,” she added. “I just can’t praise him enough.”
As for life after high school, Snider expects to focus on something math- or science-related, but hopes to first experience college academic life before making up his mind on a major.
Snider said he has already received early acceptance to the University of Chicago, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, and is waiting on responses from a who’s who of upper-crust universities: Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Wherever he lands, Sellers is sure Snider will be a success.
“He is the rarest of breeds,” she said.