From press reports
Louisville High School Star student for 2013 is Matthew Matzek.
Matthew is the son of Keith and Lori Matzek. He is drum major for
the Pride of Louisville Marching Band and plays the saxophone.
Additionally, he is a member of the BETA Club, FCA, and is a member
of the LHS baseball team. He is also a member of Wess Chapel Baptist
Church in Louisville. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. He
plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall and major in
To become STAR Student, the senior must have the highest ACT in the
class and at least a 93 academic average.
Star Teacher is David Teske.
Teske is a native of Duluth, Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor’s
degree in 1987 from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in Science
education. He earned a Master’s Degree in Science Teaching from JSU
in 1990. He became the assistant director of the Davis Planetarium in
Jackson, MS. Following this, he was a science teacher at Yazoo City
Junior High School, Chastain Middle School in Jackson, Noxapater
Attendance Center, and most recently, Louisville High School. He has
23 years of teaching experience.
Teske has won several awards in teaching. These include Teacher of
the Year from Jackson, Parents or Public Schools and Teacher of the
Year from Noxapater Attendance Center. He has won Teacher of the
Year from the Air Force association in 1998 from the South Central
Region and has been granted awards from NASA. In 1990 he attained
his National Board Certification.
Teske has a life long interest in astronomy. He often teaches
astronomy courses to the public at the Rainwater Observatory in
French Camp and at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS.
He contributes observations to the American Association of Variable
Star Observers. Teske is married to his wife Patricia for 21 years.
The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Educational
Foundation sponsor the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR)
Program to encourage scholastic achievement among the state’s high
school students and to recognize teachers.
The Star Student and Teacher may attend the MEC STAR Student and
Teacher recognition program on April 11 at the Jackson Convention