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Stephanie Raper
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                2015 STAR Student and Teacher


Matthew H. Murphy has been named as STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2014-2015 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program.

The Grenada High School senior will be honored during the 50th anniversary of the STAR Program at the annual Education Celebration on April 30 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, Inc.
Ergon, Inc.
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Mississippi Power Company
Nissan North America, Inc.
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
South Mississippi Electric Power Association
Trustmark National Bank
Walmart
Yates Construction

Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.

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. Matthew has named Mrs. Donna T. Gordon as the STAR Teacher for 2015.

Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Education 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 2014-2015 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship.