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SHS senior Jason Franklin named 2009 STAR Student
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Bulloch County STAR student Jason Reed Franklin, left, a Statesboro High School senior, poses with his STAR teacher Bruce Law. Franklin was chosen for the honor based upon test scores and class ranking compared to seniors from three other Bulloch County schools. - photo by HOLLI DEAL BRAGG/staff
     Statesboro High School senior Jason Reed Franklin was named the 2009 STAR Student at a banquet held Tuesday night at the Statesboro Inn.
    The program, Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the Bulloch County honors banquet was hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce.
    STAR students are chosen from each high school  based upon criteria including having the highest SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)  and being in the top ten percentile of their graduating class. STAR students select their STAR teachers based upon which teacher they feel has had the largest influence on their success.
    Franklin chose Statesboro High School teacher Bruce Law as his STAR teacher.
    “I’ve had a good time at Statesboro High,” Franklin said as he accepted an award for being chosen as his school’s STAR student. He  thanked his friends, family, teachers and school administrators, especially Law, who taught him advanced language and composition.
    “Jason is one of the hardest-working students I’ve ever had,” he said. “He is very determined, and he sends me e-mails almost weekly. Jason, thank you for your dedication and for letting me share this with you.”
    Franklin said he expects to attend the University of Georgia and obtain a degree in economics.
    As Bulloch County’s STAR student and teacher, Franklin and Law will represent  the county in  the upcoming regional STAR student competition.
    Southeast Bulloch High School’s Daniel Robert Lindsey was honored as the SEB STAR student, and chose teacher Linda Fix as his STAR teacher.
    Lindsay, who plans to attend Georgia Southern University and pursue a career in medicine, thanked his family for their support and dedication and thanked fix for her “dedication to me — she pushed me to achieve full potential,” he said.
    Fix said “The best students are those who challenge their teachers” and said Lindsey was that type of student. She said he taught her a great deal as a student that “reminds you of the human element ... Daniel has always done that for me.”
    Bulloch Academy’s senior STAR student is Audrey Gail Mallard, who spoke about high school being fun and named her teacher Deborah Carico as the teacher who garnered the honor of being her STAR teacher. In Carico’s class “ you never know what is going to happen, it’s a free  thought kind of classroom and I’ve always enjoyed it,” she said.
    Carico said Mallard had a lot of “intelligence and character” and thanked her parents. whom she said “ brought her up well.”
    An interesting duo were Portal High School’s STAR student Samantha Duckworth and STAR teacher Angela Dyer. Dyer is not only Duckworth’s teacher — she is also her mother.
    Duckworth said her mother “is the best teacher I’ve ever had” and spoke of the unique situations she has found herself in while in Dyer’s classroom as a student.
    Dyer acknowledged those times and said she was not only honored to be chosen as Duckworth’s STAR teacher but said “I am also proud to be her mother as well. She has excelled and is very motivated.” She said Duckworth plans to attend Georgia Technical College and pursue a career in biomedical engineering.
    Bulloch County Attorney Gerald Edenfield, also president of the Bar Association of Georgia and the 2009 Statesboro-Bulloch County Business Leader of the Year, spoke during the banquet.
    “You’re not at the end of the road but at the beginning of a long journey,” he said. “Education should be a lifelong process.”
    He spoke of the importance of education and encouraged students to take advantage of every second of their time, learning all they could along the way.
    “I was t old often, if you get a good education,  no one can ever take that away from you,” he said. “You can always have the opportunity to be a success in life.”

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