By Marla Ogletree
CCHS Senior Chelsea Thompson was named the STAR Student for the Class of 2021. Thompson selected band teacher, Curtis Hersey, to be her STAR Teacher.
The STAR program stands for the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition. The program was founded in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and has been sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) since the mid-1990’s. Locally, the STAR Student and Teacher are sponsored by the Charlton County STAR Student Alumni Association. To be selected for the honor, the student has to have the highest SAT score in his or her graduating class and be a member of the Top ten percent academically. Rigorous minimum score requirements must also be met.
The STAR Teacher is selected by the student and is a teacher identified by the student as being one who has made a significant contribution to the student?s scholastic development. As a local winner, Thompson will move on to the Regional STAR competition for a chance to compete for the state STAR honor.
Thompson is the colonel for the Charlton County Band of Pride, is a section leader for the symphonic band, and a member of the Jazz band. She plays tennis, and is part of the One-Act, Musical and Literary DramaticˇInterpretation. Thompson is the Vice President of the BETA Club and Student Council. She is first chair for District Band, and member of Region Band, and takes part in math competitions when applicable. Thompson is also in the top ten percent of her class, on the honor court and was voted Most Likely to Succeed by her classmates. She has been awarded many honors in the band program like Directors Award and Hardest Section Leader. She has also placed first year in state literary dramatic interpretation
“I’ve had many influential teachers who have shared in helping me develop in my studies and grades, but I am confident that no teacher has contributed more to the person I am today than Mr. Hersey. I have the utmost respect for him and I believe he deserves every ounce of that respect,” Thompson stated. “He has made sacrifices in his personal life and dedicated so many hours of time to the band and to me specifically. I think he is on the same playing field as my family in that I have strived my entire high school career to make him proud,” she continued. “I can’t think of anyone who has pushed me as hard or has taught me that there are more things than just grades and even music. He taught me principal values in life. I love Mr. Hersey dearly and I aspire to be half the person he is in my future.”