The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce recognized and honored the East Jackson Comprehensive High School STAR student and teacher Monday night.
The STAR student is the senior with the highest score on the SAT who is also in the top 10 percent of his or her class. The STAR student selects as STAR teacher the teacher that the student feels most influenced the student’s career.
Erika Deshon is the EJCHS STAR student, and she selected Denise Backus, her AP U.S. History teacher, as her STAR teacher.
Shannon Adams, superintendent of schools, introduced the STARs for the Jackson County system.
Adams noted that Deshon moved nine times prior to eighth grade, then blossomed. With a 101.397 average, she will be the EJCHS valedictorian. She plans to major in cognitive science at UGA with the eventual goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
As for her STAR teacher, Deshon said Backus “was always there when I needed her” and “brought me out of my little shell.”
See the Feb. 25 edition of The Commerce News for the recognition of STARs from the other high schools in Jackson County as well as the teachers of the year from all three school systems.