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CCSD's 2021 STAR Students are Samuel Wyatt, Koryn Todd, Analise Black, Ian McKinney, Nicholas Audinet, Jeremy Jeong and Arnav Sharma.

Cherokee County School District is recognizing its high school students who have earned the highest scores on the SAT.

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken by the contest deadline, who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each honored student is invited to select their favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

The CCSD honorees are:

Cherokee High SchoolSamuel Wyatt, student

Eric Jones, teacher

Creekview High SchoolKoryn Todd, student

Brenda Guyer, teacher

Etowah High School


Analise Black, student

Kristy Szpindor, teacher

Ian McKinney, student

John Murnan, teacher

River Ridge High SchoolNicholas Audinet, student

Casey Belli, teacher

Sequoyah High SchoolJeremy Jeong, student

Andrew Oberlies, teacher

Woodstock High SchoolArnav Sharma, student

Steve Epperson, teacher

“Our STAR Students shine brightly among all graduating seniors in the nation, and we’re incredibly proud of their accomplishments,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “Congratulations to these extraordinary students and their families and to their dedicated teachers, who these awards also honor, for their work to teach, coach and guide their STAR Students toward future success.”

This year, the program sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and additionally at the local level by the Lions Clubs, is following a different model, and a virtual event will be held later this spring to announce the state winner. The Cherokee County School Board and superintendent will honor the CCSD winners with a virtual recognition during the May school board meeting.

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