STAR Student

star18 By MaKylla Underwood

Because of her remarkable score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), DCHS Senior Maci Harrell has been named the Dodge County High School STAR Student for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is co-sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. To be recognized as a STAR student, high school seniors must obtain the highest score on a single test date on the two-part SAT and be in the top ten percent of their respective senior class based on grade point average.

“I was pretty excited to receive this award,” stated Harrell. “My oldest sister, [Mindy] was STAR Student, and it’s an honor to have repeated that a decade later.”

Following her recognition as STAR Student, Harrell nominated a teacher who inspired her the most throughout her high school career; world history teacher Hudson Christian was nominated as Harrell’s STAR Teacher.

“[His] class was always the one I looked forward to, and now it’s the one class I’m going to miss,” added Harrell.

It’s an honor to be considered the STAR teacher,” stated Christian. “Maci is a fantastic student—both in terms of her academic abilities and her personality. She is going to go far based on her drive for success.”

Harrell was a marshall for the 2016-2017 DCHS Graduation, and she’s currently a Move On When Ready student at Middle Georgia State University. She’s received an award for German Language Excellence and also scored a 35 out of 36 on the (ACT).

After graduating, Harrell plans to take a year to travel around Europe, living in Istanbul, Turkey with her sister, and volunteering in Ha Giang, Vietnam.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and experimenting with 3D printers. She’s also a volunteer at a cat shelter in Macon, Georgia.

Harrell is the daughter of  Mike and Lisa Harrell, and has two older sisters: Mindy and Misty Harrell.

Principal Dr. Susan Long commented that she is proud of both Harrell and Christian for receiving these special honors and is thankful to the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of this and other programs that encourage excellence at DCHS.