Three stars are born
Stellar students honored by Kiwanis

COVINGTON - Newton County has a new group of stars.

During Thursday's weekly meeting, the Kiwanis Club of Covington announced the county's 2009 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition - or STAR - Students, who are the top students from each public high school as determined by their senior SAT score and being in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

"These are the cream of the crop," said Perry Haymore, a Kiwanis member who helps organize the recognition.

Newton County School System's 2009 STAR Students are Alcovy High School's Kimberly Michelle Rary, Eastside High School's Leaha Ashley Wynn and Newton High School's Sarah Louisa Lanners, who also is the system's STAR Student for having the highest SAT score.

"All three of these young ladies represent the motto of Newton County schools: spirit, pride and excellence," said Dr. Kathy Reese, director of high school curriculum for the Newton County School System. "We congratulate them ... and their families for this outstanding honor."

Lanners earned top honors after scoring a 2,180 out of 2,400 on her SAT. She plans to attend Davidson College in North Carolina, where she is considering majoring in religion.

Wynn scored a 2,120 on her SAT and plans to major in classics; she hasn't decided where she will attend college, but she has been accepted at the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, University of Georgia, Georgetown University and Tulane. After college, she will consider going to law school.

Rary earned a 2,030 score on her SAT and plans to major in education at the University of Georgia, where she was accepted into the Honors Program.

The students also brought their STAR teachers with them to Thursday's recognition luncheon. Lanners chose AP English teacher Janie Sheldon; Rary selected economics and world history teacher Anita Anderson; and Wynn brought Latin teacher Eric Adams.

Both students and teachers took home certificates; they also will receive a Kiwanis scholarship at their school's Honors Night.

The STAR program, which was created in 1958, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.