From press reports
Mary Katherine Black daughter of Barry and Helen Black of Louisville, has been named as a STAR (Star –Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2011-2012 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M. B. Swayze Educational Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. The Winston Academy senior was honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 12 at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. This prestigious event is co-sponsored by Entergy Mississippi, AT &T, Mississippi Power Company, BancorpSouth, and Trustmark National Bank. 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, Vice President, Foundation Programs. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said. Each STAR student is asked to designate STAR Teacher. Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition form MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the 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 the 2011-2012 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundaton scholarship. Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members for communities across the state.