The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has named Wesleyan student, Clare McKeon, the 2016 STAR student for Wesleyan School.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 58th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is a local sponsor of the STAR program.
Clare is Wesleyan's 16th recipient of this honor. She has selected Joe Tamel, her Honors World Literature and Composition and AP English Literature teacher, as Wesleyan's STAR teacher who has had the greatest influence on her academic life.
Clare has been offered admission to Furman University and Villanova University. She awaits decisions from Brown University, Clemson University, and Dartmouth University. Clare is a four-year member of both the swimming and track teams. She invests in the lives of others through the Hand-in-Hand mentoring program for lower school students and SALSA, Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse. Beyond Wesleyan, she serves as principal dancer and soloist for the Academy of Ballet.
Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 25,000 exemplary students as well as the teachers they have selected. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score in a single sitting on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10% or among the top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Students and their teachers are honored by receiving special recognition in their communities from more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses