Gilmer High Announces STAR Student and Teacher

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Today Gilmer High School named the PAGE STAR Student. In order to be chosen as the STAR Student the candidate must have the highest score on the three part SAT test on one test date and be in the top ten percent or top ten of his class, based on GPA. Mel Benjamin Mosley was chosen for this honor this year. Mosley is a senior at Gilmer High. He chose Mr. Gregory Wingo as his STAR teacher. Wingo has 32 years of teaching experience and has been teaching at Gilmer High for the last 15 years. He teaches math and science. This was the first year Wingo had the delightful experience of teaching Mosley in the classroom although he has known him for many years. Wingo taught Mosley’s older brothers (one of which who was also named STAR student) and has worked with Mosley on the wrestling team.

Mosley says he would like to attend the University of Georgia and major in Biology.

The complete press release can be read below.

Mel Mosley of Gilmer High School Is Named PAGE STAR Student

Mel Benjamin Mosley, a high school senior, has been named the 2014 PAGE STAR Student for Gilmer High School. The announcement was made today by Adam Hathaway, principal of Gilmer High School. Mel is the son of Tim and Sharon Mosley of Ellijay. Mel chose Gregory Wingo, Mathematics teacher at Gilmer High School as his STAR teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, in its 56th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Education (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 24,000 students and teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average

STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR student is named and chooses a STAR teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system titles, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student.

“We are very proud of Mr. Mosley and Mr. Wingo and the academic excellence they exemplify at Gilmer High, “ said Mr. Hathaway

Mr. Hathaway would like to extend his thanks to the Ellijay Lion’s Club for being the local sponsor of the PAGE STAR Student.

The mission of the PAGE Foundation is to recruit, develop, retain and recognize outstanding teachers for all Georgia students. Through its sponsorship of Future Educators Association of Georgia (FEA Georgia), Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE), PAGE Foundation Scholarships and professional learning the PAGE Foundation works to recruit capable people to the teaching profession and provide career-long professional learning opportunities for educators.

STAR is one of several programs of academic excellence sponsored by the Foundation. Other academic competitions include the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon (GAD) and the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.

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