Tylea Hernandez named 2018 STAR Student
Gilmer High School senior Tylea Hernandez has been named the Gilmer High School’s 2018 PAGE STAR Student.
Carla Foley, principal of Gilmer High School, recently announced the honor.
The Ellijay Lions Club is the local STAR program sponsor. Hernandez selected Michael Crocker, a former mathematics teacher at Clear Creek Middle School, as her STAR Teacher.
Hernandez, the daughter of Sesar and Stacie Hernandez, of Ellijay, earned the recognition for academic achievement and performance on the SAT.
Upon learning that she received the honor, Hernandez said her first reaction was surprise.
“I had set a goal to get a 1400 on the SAT, and I didn’t realize when I got a 1470 that it would be the highest score. I was just relieved that I had achieved my goal.”
Hernandez said she learned of the news in December and had to keep it a secret, only being allowed to tell her parents.
“It wasn’t so hard for me, but my mom waited anxiously to tell everyone,” she said.
Her plans are to attend Emory University and earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She wants to continue to medical school to become a psychiatrist.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Since its creation by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1958, the STAR program has honored nearly 26,500 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination.
STAR begins each year in participating Georgia high schools when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system recognition as the top STAR Student, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners contend for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.
“We are very proud of Miss Hernandez and Mr. Crocker and the academic excellence they exemplify,” said Foley.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators honors outstanding students and educators and encourages academic excellence through competitive academic initiatives such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon.