Excellence in education
March 14, 2004
Leslie C. Gaddis has been named a Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition, or STAR, Student for the 2003-2004 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council's M. B. Swayze Educational Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program.
The West Lauderdale High School senior will be honored during the 14th annual Education Celebration April 23 at Mississippi College in Clinton. The event is co-sponsored by Entergy Mississippi.
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.
Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student's scholastic achievement.
Nettie E. Mayatt was designated STAR Teacher.
Nearly 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC's Swayze Foundation at the Celebration. The top 20 STAR Students the ALL-STAR Scholars and their STAR Teachers will be presented scholarship awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi STAR Student for 2004, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship.