Kadie Nicole Odom has been named a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR Program.
The Winston Academy senior will be honored during the STAR Program at the annual Education Celebration on March 28, 2016, at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown
Jackson. Pinnacle sponsors for this prestigious event and the Mississippi Economic Council are: AT&T, Atmos Energy, BancorpSouth, Barksdale Management, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. Entergy Mississippi, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi Power Company, Nissan North America, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc., South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Trustmark National Bank, Walmart and Yates Construction.
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 Scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vicki Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President Foundations. “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 teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.
Mrs. Carolyn Lindley was designated STAR Teacher.
Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Education Celebration. The top 20 STAR Students—ALL-STAR Scholars—and their STAR Teachers will be presented scholarship 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 Student for 2015-2016 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship and teacher awards.
Additionally, entering freshman who attend Mississippi State who have been selected as the STAR Student of their high school are eligible to receive a $6,000 scholarship and students attending Ole Miss are eligible to receive a $8,000 ($2,000/yar) scholarship.