Thursday, April 6, 2006
Schneller selected STAR Student
By SUE WATSON
Marshall Academy senior Kati Schneller has been named STAR (student-teacher achievement recognition) Student for the 2005-2006 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation, the sponsor of STAR program.
History teacher Christopher Hedglin was tapped by Schneller as STAR teacher of the year.
Hedglin, with MA for two years and teacher of American and World History, was honored by the nomination.
“Kati is a truly exceptional student and it’s an honor to be chosen by her for this recognition,” he said. “I look forward to getting to see the great things she will do in college and for the rest of her life.”
Hedglin grew up in Madison, attended Millsaps and earned a Master’s at Ole Miss.
Headmaster Tommy Gunn praised Schneller for her accomplishments saying the school is proud of her.
“Kati’s been an outstanding student for her high school career,” he said. “And Mr. Hedglin is one of the bright young stars in the educational field in the state of Mississippi.
“We’re proud of him and expect big things of him in the future.”
Schneller will be honored at the 16th Education Celebration event at Mississippi College in Clinton, April 7. The celebration is co-sponsored by Entergy Mississippi, BellSouth, Mississippi Power Company and BankcorpSouth. Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.
Star students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test (ACT) scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, said Peggy Howard of Jackson, director of the STAR program.
“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 classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.
Nearly 500 STAR Students and Teachers will be recognized at the MEC Swayze Foundation Celebration. The top 20 All STAR Scholars and their STAR Teachers will receive scholarship awards from the Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of the Mississippi STAR Student of 2006, who will receive the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship.
Among Schneller’s accomplishments, she attended the Mississippi Governor’s School, obtained the highest school average in Algebra 1, Chemistry and Geometry, served as president of the Key Club and Anchor Club, was co-captain of the soccer team, served as class treasurer in the 11th and 12th grades, played with the North Mississippi All Star Soccer Team, participated in the math and science tournament in the 11th grade, and participated in track and field.
Schneller plans to attend Furman University where she will study pre-med.
Hedglin received a Bachelor’s of Art in history from Millsaps and a MA in Southern Studies from Ole Miss.
Kati is the daughter of Karen and Bill Schneller of Holly Springs.
Her father said last week that Kati’s selection as STAR Student, “is something we are excited about.”
To be nominated, a student must score over 25 on the ACT and garner the highest ACT score in their class, he said.
“She’s always exhibited good academic skills,” he said. “Her mom and I expected a lot. She delivered.
“We’re very proud of her, we love her and we think she’s got a bright future.”
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