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Pictured (L-R): Shannon Sneed, President Kiwanis Club of Covington; Jansen Lindner, Alcovy STAR Student; Mr. Scott Rains, Alcovy STAR Teacher; Marshal Conner Bryan, Eastside & NCSS STAR Student; Mr. Eric Adams, Eastside & NCSS STAR Teacher; Alex Grady, Newton STAR Student; and Aaron Robinson, Newton STAR Teacher. 


Newton County School System and the Kiwanis Club of Covington are pleased to announce the 2012-2013 STAR Students and STAR Teachers. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 54th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception fifty years ago, the STAR program has honored more than 23,000 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  The SAT is a national college entrance exam some colleges and universities utilize to measure critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems. It is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200—800, with two Writing sub-scores for multiple-choice and the essay. In order to be a STAR Student, the student must also be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.




Alcovy High School’s 2013 STAR Student is Jansen Lindner. He scored 2070 out of 2400 on the SAT. In addition to his studies, Jansen is a member of the Alcovy High School Math Club. He is the salutatorian of the Alcovy High School Class of 2013. During his time at Alcovy, Jansen has taken a total of nine Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including Latin, Statistics, English Language, Chemistry, U.S. History, Calculus, English Literature, Physics, and Macroeconomics. In his spare time, Jansen is an avid cyclist.

Jansen plans on attending Georgia Tech with a major in Aerospace Engineering. He selected Mr. Scott Rains, his Advanced Placement Calculus Teacher as his STAR Teacher. This is Mr. Rains’ first time being selected as a STAR Teacher.



Alex Grady is not only Newton High School’s 2013 STAR Student—he’s also Newton High School’s Class of 2013 Valedictorian. He scored 1980 out of 2400 on his SAT. He has taken numerous AP classes, including: World History, Chemistry, U.S. History, Language and Composition, Statistics, Physics, Economics, Psychology, Art Studio, Literature and Composition and two AP Calculus classes. Alex is the captain of both the cross country and track teams and also captain of the school math team. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government, Academic Team, and Key Club.

Alex also plans on attending Georgia Tech where he plans to major in mechanical engineering. He also is expected to sign for the cross country and track team.  Alex selected Mr. Aaron Robinson, as his STAR Teacher. This is Mr. Robinson’s first time being selected as a STAR Teacher.




Just like Jansen, Marshal Conner Bryan is not only Eastside High School’s STAR Student—he’s also the Class of 2013 Salutatorian. In addition, he is Newton County School System’s 2013 STAR Student, as he scored an amazing 2130 out of 2400 on the SAT. Marshal has taken nine AP courses while at Eastside, including: Latin, Language, U.S. History, European History, British Literature, Calculus, Chemistry, Government, and Economics. He is a member of the Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Creative Writing Club, Beta Club, and National Honor Society.

Marshal is attending the University of Georgia where he plans on doing a double major in Latin and English.  Fittingly, Marshal selected his Latin teacher, Mr. Eric Adams, as his STAR Teacher. As such, Mr. Adams is Newton County School System’s 2013 STAR Teacher. This is Mr. Adams’ eighth time being selected by a student as the STAR Teacher.



“These students and teachers represent the best of the best,” said Gary Mathews, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Newton County is a better place for all of their efforts.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at or by phone at 770-784-2908.