From press reports
Winston Academy is proud to announce the selection of our 2014 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student and STAR Teacher. Taylor M. Dunn has been named as a STAR Student by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. Taylor is the daughter of Melissa and Todd Dunn of Sturgis. Taylor is an Honor Student at Winston Academy. She plans to attend EMCC and MUW and major in Nursing.
The Winston Academy senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 10 at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. This prestigious event is co-sponsored by AT&T, Atmos Energy, BancorpSouth, Barksdale Management, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Ergon, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi Power Company, Nissan North America, Sanderson Farms, Trustmark National Bank, and Walmart.
Furthermore, Mississippi State University will offer a $6,000 scholarship to every STAR Student in Mississippi attending Mississippi State University.
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 Vickie 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.
Taylor selected Mrs. Diane Carter as her STAR Teacher. Mrs. Carter teaches upper-level math courses at Winston Academy and is an inductee in the Star Hall of Fame.
Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Education Celebration. The top 20 START Students – the 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 the 2013-2014 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation Scholarship.
Congratulations to both Taylor Dunn and Mrs. Diane Carter on this achievement. Much success to Taylor in all her future endeavors.