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Colby Parker selected as STAR student
Holly Lloyd honored as 2011 STAR Teacher
Half of the 2011 Bulloch County STAR Student/Teacher winning team, Langston Chapel Middle School band director Holly Lloyd, right, chats with fellow finalists Johan Thurron Warburton of Southeast Bulloch High and teacher Ken Weidner after Tuesday's banquet at the Holiday Inn. The winning student, Colby Parker of Statesboro High, was auditioning for a slot in the University of Michigan's music program.
Bulloch County students and teachers gathered for the annual STAR Student/Teacher Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Statesboro Tuesday, on an evening in which the program's brightest star was shining more than 1,000 miles away. Colby Parker, the student representing Statesboro High School, was announced the Bulloch County representative for the STAR program's regional competition - as the crowd of fellow students, teachers and members of the academic community applauded, a message was delivered that Parker could not be in attendance, because the Statesboro senior had flown to Ann Arbor, Mich., to audition for a university marching band. "It is with our pleasure and honor, to introduce our 2011 Bulloch County STAR Student, Colby Parker from Statesboro High School," proclaimed Todd Manack, Chairman of Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, looking at the only table missing its student.
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