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STAR Student Selected...


Anna Heimbach, daughter of Eugene and Cindy Heimbach, has been named as Grenada High School’s STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2011 – 2012 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program.  Heimbach is a member of the GHS National Honor Society, the National Vocational Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the GHS Band and Colorguard.  She served as DECA Vice President her junior year and currently serves as GHS DECA President and Mississippi DECA State Secretary.  Heimbach has also been recognized as Most Outstanding Vocational Student.  After graduation she plans to attend University of Mississippi to obtain a business administration degree with a minor in manufacturing engineering. 

The GHS senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 12 at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson.  This prestigious event is co-sponsored by Entergy Mississippi, AT&T, Mississippi Power Company, BancorpSouth, and Trustmark National Bank.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence.  Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Vice President, Foundation Programs.  “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said. 

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  STAR Student

            Anna selected Lisa S. Wilbourn as her STAR Teacher.  Wilbourn is currently employed at Grenada High Career and Tech Center as Co-op Teacher/DECA Advisor.  Wilbourn has previously been honored as District DECA Advisor of the Year, State DECA Officer Advisor, DECA Alumni Outstanding Member, Grenada Vocational Teacher of the Year, State DECA Advisor of the Year, National DECA Series Director, and International DECA Officer Advisor.  Wilbourn has been teaching for 13 years. 

            Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Celebration.  The top 20 STAR Students -- the ALL-STAR Scholars – and their STAR Teachers will be presented scholarship awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation.  The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi ALL-STAR Student for the 2011-2012 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000.00 Cook Foundation scholarship. 

            Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.