W. Jeffrey Booker
Superintendent of Schools
They plan to major in biology, eng-ineering, bio-chemistry, nursing, and math education. They have their sights set on becoming doctors, teachers, nurses, scientists, and engineers. They are the Star Students in the Class of 2017, and there is no doubt that they will achieve all they aspire.
Last Thursday, 12 seniors were recognized for their achievements during the Star Teacher-Student Awards ceremony at the Schiele Museum. The program is presented by Gaston County Schools and sponsored by The Gaston Gazette.
In addition to learning about the students’ accolades and future plans, we heard about the teachers who had the most influence on their lives. The Star Teachers represent the very essence of an outstanding educator and they clearly understand the purpose of education. They have prepared their students for the challenges they will face in college and beyond and helped them to gain the knowledge, skills, courage, and self-confidence needed to reach their potential.
We honor and thank the teachers who were selected for being a “star” in the eyes of the people who are most affected by their work – their students, and we commend our Star Students, who are shining brightly as they look ahead to graduation and beginning a new phase in life.
The Board of Education joins me in congratulating our Star Teachers and Star Students for 2017. Thank you for striving for excellence in all that you do.