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STAR students honored by Harlem Women’s Club

Posted: February 14, 2018 - 2:26am

For the 57th consecutive year, the Harlem Women's Club honored nine Columbia County students selected as STAR students by the PAGE Foundation, which recognizes students for their academic work and extracurricular activities.

Nine students represented their schools across Columbia County, chosen as STAR students, selecting the teacher of their choice as their STAR Teacher.

"The STAR student is based on not only their academic scores and their ACT or SAT scores but also their extracurricular activities, their volunteer activities," said Harlem Women's Club President Mary Breakstone. "You will be amazed when you hear these students tell their stories and everything that they're doing."

Greenbrier High senior Ciara Corinne Pysczynski was named the overall Columbia County STAR Student and will go on to represent the county at the region level.

Pysczynski and her selected STAR teacher Stephen Hansen were absent from the reception Thursday at the Harlem Library as the school's theater troupe was attending the Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus, Ga. But the two provided a pre-recorded message to those in attendance.

Pysczynski is the Vice President of the Greenbrier High School Drama Club and played the lead in the school musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Outside of the school's theater, she participates in musical theater workshops and even volunteers during the summer as a camp counselor for young actors. Her work in the theater has earned her a superior score in the individual event competition at the Georgia Thespian Conference last year.

She was honored this year as the local Daughter's of the American Revolution Good Citizen, was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist and also received the Georgia certificate of merit for her academic efforts.

Pysczynski plans to attend the University of Georgia where she will double major in psychology and theater and hopes to become an actor someday.

But Pysczynski's love of theater was nurtured by Hansen, whom Pysczynski credited with her theatrical experience.

"I chose Mr. Hanson as my STAR Teacher because he has helped me realize that I can be an actor and has taught me all four years at Greenbrier how my dreams are possible and how I can achieve them with his leadership and excellent theater skills," Pysczynski said in her video. "He inspires me everyday I have his class and he's given me so many opportunities to take the skills he's taught me and prove them as a leader, as a performer, and as a person and I can't thank him enough."


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