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2016 STAR Student and Teacher
Grenada High School Senior Dylan Teas has been named as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015 – 2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. STAR Students are seniors with the highest ACT scores and scholastic averages in their high schools. They are chosen from more than 300 public, private, and parochial schools.
Teas, the son of John and Jan Teas, will be honored during the STAR Program at the annual Education Celebration on April 28, 2016, at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Dylan has been a member of GHS band since his freshman year, and he has served as a section captain for three years. He is president of both National Honor Society and Key Club, and he also serves as a board member for Anchor Club. Dylan is active in Academic Team, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Club. After graduation, he plans to attend Mississippi State University to major in Chemical Engineering.
As part of the STAR Program, each STAR Student is asked to name the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Dylan named Matthew Gardner as his STAR Teacher. Gardner, a math instructor at GHS, stated, “Being selected STAR teacher is an honor, especially this early in my career. Dylan is one of the most remarkable people that I have met. He shows excellence in academics, creativity, and personal integrity. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be successful in all his future endeavors. It was an honor to teach Dylan this year, and I wish him the best in the future.”
Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Education Celebration. The top 20 STAR Students – 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 2015-2016 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship and teacher awards.
Additionally, entering freshmen who attend Mississippi State who have been selected as the STAR Student of their high school are eligible to receive a $6000 scholarship and students attending Ole Miss are eligible to receive an $8000 scholarship. Congratulations, to Dylan on this great achievement!