Every year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation honors top students from across the state at both public and private high schools.
Students who receive the highest scores at their school on the SAT, a college entrance exam, and have grade-point averages in the top 10 percent of their class are recognized as STAR students, which stands for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program.
Each STAR student then chooses a teacher as his or her STAR teacher. After STAR students and teachers are chosen from high schools, school system winners are named. Winners chosen from 12 districts compete for the title of state STAR student.
Here are the STAR students and teachers from schools in Reporter Newspapers communities: Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Their names, photos and the universities they plan to attend, if they have decided, were provided by their schools.