Trinity Bass recently was recognized as Grovetown High School's first STAR student.
"I'm very proud of the school, and I'm very proud I was chosen to represent it the very first year," said the 17-year-old. "I hope everyone who comes after me takes that same attitude when representing the school."
Trinity's pride and compulsion to excel shows in the extracurricular activities in which she participates. She is co-captain of the varsity soccer team; chairwoman of the school's executive committee, which is similar to a student council; president of the Spanish Honors Society; and she tutors fellow seniors.
"She just can't seem to help other people enough," said Harlem High history teacher Mary Campbell, whom Trinity selected as STAR teacher.
"I feel very humbled and honored by Trinity selecting me," said Campbell, who cried when she received the announcement. "She's so precious."
Campbell taught Trinity last year at Harlem High in an advanced placement U.S. history class.
Though an admitted math and science lover -- she plans to study biochemistry at the University of Georgia before medical school at Duke University -- Trinity said she chose Campbell because of her enthusiasm for teaching.
"Math, for me, is easy, and I love literature, so I do well in those," Trinity said. "History is something that I enjoy learning, but I kind of struggle with.
"Getting someone like Mrs. Campbell to inspire me and help me learn the material made a difference and made it a lot more significant."
Campbell often held study sessions for exams at her home, where lasagna was served, Trinity said.
"Things that a normal teacher wouldn't do, she went out of her way to do," Trinity said. "She's always positive and willing to work with anybody."
Though selected as Harlem High's Teacher of the Year on multiple occasions, this was Campbell's first selection as a STAR teacher. Campbell said she is thrilled that the honor came from Trinity.
"She's an exemplary student and young lady," Campbell said of Trinity. "She's just such a wonderful person and always encourages all of the students around her.
"She's one of those students, when asked to do something, will always go above and beyond."
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