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Stephanie Raper
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STAR Student and Teacher 2019-20

STAR Student and Teacher 2019-20 Alexa Simko has been named Grenada High School’s STAR Student for the 2019-2020 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

This year will mark the 55th Anniversary of the STAR program. Established by the Mississippi Economic Council in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi.

Alexa, who scored a 31 on her ACT, is the daughter of Stephen and Susan Simko. She is captain of Mu Alpha Theta and serves as vice president of the GHS National Honor Society. She is a member of Visions show choir and serves as a vocal captain this year. She is enrolled in AP classes and attends the Superintendent’s Breakfast yearly. Alexa enjoys singing, dancing, and playing music in her spare time. After graduation, she plans to major in music education at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Simko will be acknowledged among the over 330 STAR Students in Mississippi for their academic achievements. 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. The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.

Mrs. Melanie Hopper was designated by Simko as STAR Teacher. Hopper stated, “I am honored to be chosen Star Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. This is my 13th year in the classroom, and I am incredibly humbled to have Alexa choose me as a teacher who has made a positive impact on her life. Alexa has had amazing teachers throughout her educational experience which makes her selection even more special to me. Alexa is an outstanding student, and I have loved having the opportunity to work with her for the last two years. She is dedicated, sincere, driven, giving, and a joy to teach. Her desire to learn and question makes me be a better teacher.

Thank you so much, Alexa, for bestowing me with this honor. I know you will succeed with all your future endeavors once you leave GHS. Thank you for always being a bright spot in my day. This year, over 660 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive this prestigious recognition from MEC’s M.B. Swayze Foundation.