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Harlem STAR plans trip to China

Posted: March 24, 2013 - 12:02am
Harlem STAR student Ben Morgan selected Stephanie Arrington as his STAR teacher.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Harlem STAR student Ben Morgan selected Stephanie Arrington as his STAR teacher.

Most of the seven Columbia County STAR students from 2013 are headed to college after high school.

Harlem High STAR student Benjamin Morgan is headed to Asia.

Though he’s awaiting acceptance to Emory University, Morgan said he is planning to take a “gap” year and teach English in China.

“Honestly, I just needed a change,” he said. “I think I would enjoy a more reserved people for awhile.”

He said he’ll also look for “peace and quiet, even if it is temporary, and a sense of purpose – while I’m searching for what my sense of purpose will be when I decide what I’ll major in.”

Morgan said he’s leaning toward studies in neurology, theoretical physics or robotics, but whatever he decides, STAR teacher Stephanie Arrington has no doubt he’ll be successful.

“He’s pretty bright,” said Arrington, a 19-year Harlem High teacher who had Morgan in ninth grade honors biology and human anatomy in 10th grade, a class typically for older students.

“He’s a great student. He liked to ask lots of thought-provoking questions,” she said. “You could always tell he was thinking beyond the average student.”

Arrington, who twice before has been chosen as a STAR teacher, is above average herself, Morgan said.

“She was probably the best teacher I’ve ever had,” he said. “I learned more in her class than I think I learned in any of my other classes, and I’ve taken every AP class my school offers except for art.”

Why not art? “I can’t draw,” he said.

BENJAMIN MORGAN

Harlem High School

Age: 18

Parents: Paul and Myra Morgan

College: Possibly Emory University

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