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STAR Student and STAR Teacher

STAR teacher and student
Huey Chan has been named Grenada High School's STAR Student for the 2018 – 2019 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. Established by the Mississippi Economic Council in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students and teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration. The theme of the Celebration this year is: Reach for the Stars.

Chan, who scored a 34 on the ACT, will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 11, 2019, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson. The event is sponsored by AT&T, Atmos Energy, Bancorp South, Barksdale Management, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Cooperative Energy, Electric Cooperative of Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Ergon, Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi Power Company, Nissan North America, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc., Trustmark National Bank, Walmart, and Yates. Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.

Huey is the son of Wallace Chan and Lixia Peng. He is among the top students in his AP and dual credit classes. He also serves as captain of the Academic team and as a member of Mu Alpha Theta. Some of Huey's extracurricular activities include playing alto saxophone and keyboard in the Grenada High School Band. Other pursuits he enjoys include volunteer work for the National Honor Society and performing in various piano recitals and festivals. Reading and traveling are some of Huey's favorite hobbies, and he has visited numerous places around the world. After graduation, Huey plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school's STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President of Foundations. "The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi's high school seniors," she said.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student's scholastic achievement. Chan chose Mrs. Sherry Cook as his STAR Teacher. Cook, a three time recipient of the STAR Teacher award, teaches Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems at GHS and also serves as GSD Science Specialist for grades 5-12. Cook stated, "I am honored to be chosen Star Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. This is my 28th year in the classroom, and it means so much to know that I still have a positive impact on the lives of students. Knowing that Huey has had so many outstanding teachers to choose from makes this honor even more special. Huey is an outstanding young man who strives for excellence and is intelligent, inquisitive, and loves to learn. Students like Huey make me a better teacher. Thank you, Huey, for bestowing me with this honor. I wish you only the best as you leave GHS and go out into the world."

Over 650 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC's M.B. Swayze Foundation at the Celebration. The top 20 STAR Students – The ALL-STAR Scholars – will receive scholarships and their STAR Teachers will receive 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 Scholar for 2018-2019 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000.00 Cook Foundation Scholarship.