Monday, April 7, 2014

DeKalb Schools STAR Students & Teachers Honored

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  During the past 56 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 24,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc. was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education. 

Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in the STAR program.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the math, critical reading and writing sections.  Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher.  

DeKalb County High School STAR Students and their teachers were recently honored by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce at its annual STAR Luncheon.

Congratulations to Dunwoody’s STAR Students and their teachers:

Dunwoody Maddie Dill Erik Vincent
Mallory Harris Rand Wise

The following are the DeKalb County School District High School Star Students and Teachers.  I apologize for the schools/students missing from the list.  Thank you for the Druid Hills info.

Arabia MountainFabian Dwight FlowersElla Davis
Chamblee Mollie Rose SimonChristopher Smith
ClarkstonPhat Chang Teresa Brooks
ColumbiaNydrel Jack Kisa Orlowski
Cross KeysKui Sit Monique Warton
DeKalb Early CollegeNaud Ghebre Jason Butler
DeKalb School of the ArtsElisa Branwen Guinn Sandra Beth Williams
Druid HillsAdriano IqbalPaul Johnson
LakesideHolly Elara Brooks Michael Washington
LithoniaOnneka Venessa McQuennie Ahmariah Jackson
Martin Luther King, Jr. Indigo Gill Calvin Leaks
Miller GroveAmirah Garland Lissy Philip
RedanKiandra A. Smith Akilah Hill
Southwest DeKalbChelsea A. Jackson James Bailey
StephensonZoe-Ann V. Robertson Mario Miner
Stone Mountain Vy HuynhKeatra Wright
TuckerMary Elizabeth KhoTeresa Milam


  1. Druid Hills HS' STAR Student was Adriano Iqbal, and his teacher is Paul Johnson.

  2. Sad to hear that one of Dunwoody's two STAR teachers is leaving DCSS for a private school at the end of the year. I a hopeful the other one remains, but have heard rumblings to the contrary. I guess it is to be expected given everything that is going on, but it is a real loss for Dunwoody students.

  3. Mr. Wise has accepted a position with Marist. It appears to be a wonderful opportunity for him and I wish him the best! This is a big loss for Dunwoody HS.

  4. Losing Mr. Wise was a big loss, and now comes word that the other STAR teacher from DHS, Mr. Vincent, is also not returning next year. Wishing them both the best, but so sad for Dunwoody. Hopefully getting a new principal next year will help stem the brain drain.....

  5. Mr. Simony is also leaving Dunwoody HS. Word is he is headed to Decatur High School.

  6. All three of these teachers teach the upper level, AP classes. Hopefully the fact that we are getting a new principal will help stem the tide of losses. I hope the next principal is one that is more interested in supporting academics.

  7. I can't speak to the situation at Dunwoody, but since Mr. Maloof is heading to Decatur, (as apparently is Mr. Simony?) I would guess that the issue isn't lack of support from the Principal. Decatur's academic standards are high, and they clearly saw him as strong academic leader. More likely lack of support from other administrators in Dekalb is the cause of "brain drain".