The Columbia County STAR student title was awarded to Lakeside High School's Andrew Byrd during a Thursday ceremony in Harlem.
The STAR student title is annually earned by the high school senior achieving the highest score on the SAT. Byrd scored a perfect 2400. Each year, the STAR student selects an educator who made a substantial impact on his or her academic career to be STAR Teacher. Byrd named physics teacher John Cato as his STAR teacher. "He taught us how to think," Byrd said of Cato.
The ability to think is not an issue for his superior student, Cato said.
"He can think for himself," Cato said. "He has the ability to examine a problem, consider the argument, consider the consequences and tell you what he believes."
Byrd now will vie for the district STAR student award during a ceremony held 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the First Baptist Church of Thomson. District winners go on to compete for the state STAR student honor.
Other STAR students recognized at the event held at the Harlem Woman's Club were Christina Snider of Evans High; John Klement of Greenbrier High; Trinity Bass of Grovetown High; Amber Colquitt and Zach Smith, who tied for Harlem High; Daniel K. Hull of Augusta Preparatory Day School; and Kadie Cheeks of Augusta Christian Schools.
STAR teachers recognized Thursday were Reid Hall of Evans High; Kathy Manz of Greenbrier High; Mary Campbell of Grovetown High; Stephanie Arrington and Tim Easler of Harlem High; Timothy Shafer of Augusta Prep; and Amanda Schick, of Augusta Christian.
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