The annual Star Teacher-Student Awards ceremony presented by Gaston County Schools and sponsored by The Gaston Gazette was held Thursday, April 6 at the Schiele Museum.
Each high school and Webb Street School selected an outstanding senior in the Class of 2017 and that student chose a teacher who had the greatest influence on his or her life. Each Star Student honored his or her Star Teacher during the ceremony by reading an essay about the teacher.
Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker stated: “The Star Teachers are outstanding educators who have motivated our Star Students and numerous others to be the best they can be. These teachers help students to gain the knowledge, skills, courage, and self-confidence needed to reach their potential, and most important, they inspire success.”
Booker continued: “The Star Students are the ‘best of the best’ in the Class of 2017. Their academic records, their leadership in extracurricular activities, and their service to the community exceeds expectations. They have received numerous awards and accolades during their high school career, and they plan to attend college next year to major in areas such as biology, engineering, biochemistry, nursing, and math education. We are going to hear about great things from these young people – they are our future leaders.”
Gaston County Board of Education member Dot Guthrie and Will MacDonald, lifestyles editor of The Gaston Gazette, shared special remarks during the ceremony.
Below are the Star Teachers and Star Students for the Class of 2017. To read the essay written by each Star Student, click on the name of the school.
In compliance with federal law, Gaston County Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the school district's Title IX coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.