Sarah Grace Brownlee has been named Hillcrest’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 in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration. Their theme this year is “Reach For The Stars,” and Sarah Grace will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 11 at the Jackson Convention Complex. This is a prestigious event co-sponsored by well-known corporations such as AT&T, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Nissan North America, Inc., Walmart, and many more, as well as by MEC members from local communities across the state.
Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both ACT scores and scholastic averages are used to determine each school’s STAR Student. Each STAR Student is then asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the one who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Sarah Grace chose Mrs. Lindsey Noble, her 11th-and-12th-grade English teacher, as her STAR Teacher.
Over 650 STAR Students and Teachers will be recognized at the Celebration. The top 20 students –The ALL-STAR Scholars – will receive scholarships, and their STAR Teachers will receive monetary 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 Cook Foundation Scholarship.