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Posted on: February 12, 2019


Dade County Star Student_Karen Zheng

The Trenton-Dade Optimist Club is pleased to announce the 2019 STAR Student & STAR Teacher Awards for Dade County High School.  The 2019 STAR Students for Dade County high school is Miss Karen Zheng, and she has selected as her STAR Teacher Mrs. Tonya Gatlin.  Miss Zheng, a senior at Dade County High School, was accompanied by her STAR Teacher Mrs. Tonya Gatlin, Dade County High School Principal Mr. James Fahrney, Jr. and DCHS Guidance Counselor Mr. James Emmett.  Principal Fahrney and Dr. Jan Harris, Superintendent congratulated Karen and her parents for striving to be the best and represent her school with Wolverine pride. 

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 61st year, is co-sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  Since its inception, the STAR program has honored nearly 27,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic success.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition.  The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program.  Students then compete for school system titles, and those winners compete for region honors.  Region Winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the PAGE Foundation supports PAGE, encouraging and receiving charitable gifts that advance the association’s core business and PAGE Foundation programs such as PAGE STAR, PAGE Foundation Scholarships, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades, the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon and PAGE TV.  To learn more about the PAGE Foundation and to donate, please visit

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