Star Student Announced

Star Student
Posted on 03/09/2019
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Congratulations, 2018-2019 STAR Student Larkin Stiles Star Teacher: Chris Wade

DCHS senior Larkin Stiles lives by the motto, “Let’s get carried away,” and after a recent announcement, she has a newfound reason to do just that.

For her score of 1410 on the SAT, Larkin was named the Dodge County High School 2018-2019 STAR Student.

Following her recognition as STAR student, Stiles chose former DCHS band director Chris Wade as her STAR teacher.

“It was really impressive that he made an impact on me in only a year,” stated Stiles. “He pulled me aside one day and told me, ‘Larkin, you’re really good at music, and you should just go for it,’ and I’m grateful for that.”

Wade was grateful for the influence he had on Stiles during that time.

“Larkin’s truly deserving of this recognition and more, and it is an absolute honor to be able to share this experience with her,” concluded Wade.

DCHS Principal Dr. Susan Long praised both Larkin and Wade for the positive impact they’ve had at DCHS.

“Larkin and Mr. Wade were a great team, and we appreciate the positive impact Mr. Wade made on Larkin,” she said. “Larkin is very talented and has been an outstanding student at DCHS. We are very proud of her successes.”

Larkin has been a member of the DCHS Marching Chiefs for four years, and this year she holds the title of Drum Major. She’s first chair saxophone and has received multiple awards throughout her career, including the John Philip Sousa Award, also known as the Overall Bandsman Award, during her junior year.

With the exception of  her band duties at the high school, she has been a full-time Dual-Enrollment student for two years. She has been an honor roll student all four years of high school and has been on the President’s List at Georgia Military College every quarter.

Following her graduation from DCHS, Stiles will continue to “expand her educational horizons” by attending the University of Georgia, with hopes to get into the Hugh Hodgson School of Music to pursue a career as a music therapist.

In her spare time, she enjoys oil painting and being a member of the First Baptist Church Orchestra. She is the daughter of Daniel and Kristin Stiles, and has two siblings: Emily and Kalen.

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.


Article Written By: MaKylla Underwood