Andrea Cooper from Campbell High School, Alex Wu and Catherin Niu from Walton High School and Ian Cossentino from The Walker School were picked Monday from among 30 students from 25 area public and private schools to serve as Cobb’s STAR Students for 2013.
Each student was selected for having the highest SAT score on the three-part test in one sitting, along with being in the Top 10 or top 10 percent of his or her graduating class.
The two-hour banquet, which marked the 46th year the Kiwanis Club of Metropolitan Marietta has sponsored the event, was at First United Methodist Church in Marietta.
Each student was recognized and given the opportunity to speak about his or her college plans and then introduce a selected STAR teacher.
Cooper’s STAR teacher is Spanish teacher Melyn Roberson, whom she said has taught her all four years and is the reason she has chosen to pursue a career in foreign language in the military.
The senior is undecided on where she would like to attend college but said she has received an ROTC scholarship.
Walton High’s Wu is also undecided on where he’d like to attend college but plans to study economics.
His STAR teacher was Biology teacher Dr. Tina Link, who was selected as the state teacher in 2012.
“Ms. Link always made class fun and engaging,” he said. “I was really fortunate to be in your class.”
Another Walton student selected for the STAR recognition was Niu.
She too is undecided on where she would like to attend college but said she selected Kelly Bryan, a two-time STAR teacher who teaches AP English at Walton, because she is the “most inspiring” person she has ever known.
“She taught me that learning is a lifelong experience … and she tells the best stories and is hilarious!” Niu said.
Walker’s Cossentino, who will be attending Brown University in the fall, said he chose his STAR teacher, Matt Eisenman, because he has mentored him in so many areas, including track, in the classroom and the school’s Academic Team.
Cossentino also said Eisenman teaches students to teach themselves and that his Upper School English teacher shares his affinity for “really, really, really bad puns.”
“When everyone else sort of stares at me, he at least pops up a pity laugh, and I really appreciate that,” Cossentino said with a big smile.
Prior to the student introductions, Tricia Pridemore, the director of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office of Workforce Development and the state’s Go Build Georgia initiative, spoke to the students. She told them to make sure they plant themselves firmly in their foundations, have a common work ethic, find those willing to mentor them and make sure they choose a career they love.
“This is a very exciting time in your life,” Pridemore said.
All four students will participate in the regional STAR banquet on March 15 in Cumming.
Regional winners will be up for the Georgia STAR student award April 29 in Atlanta.