Nominees from six Houston County area high schools attended the annual Student Teacher Appreciation Recognition program in Perry on Thursday evening.
The STAR program was created to highlight the work of Georgia's brightest students and teachers. Students with the highest SAT score at their respective schools receive a STAR nomination.
Each STAR student nominates an influential teacher to be his or her guest at the program.
Houston County High School's Will Freeman had the highest SAT score in Houston County this year. A school commitment kept Freeman from attending the event at the Go Fish Education Center.
His teacher, Laura Byrd, showed up to claim his award.
This year's STAR program marked Byrd's seventh appearance as a STAR teacher.
Freeman and Byrd will attend the region STAR banquet next month in Macon at Middle Georgia State College. Students at the region level are evaluated by the STAR committee, and have a chance to move on to the state banquet in Atlanta.
"Obviously, they look at the SAT score," said Tom Walmer, chairman of the Houston County Board of Education. "They also look at being a well-rounded student. They'll look at the extracurricular activities [students are] involved in at school. It's a great competition."
Nominees from other Houston County area high schools included:
Hunter Smith and teacher Jami Moore, from Northside High
Jimmy Mehserle, III and teacher Nathan Dooley, from Perry High
Somnath Das and teacher David Shepherd, from Veterans High
Katie Martin and teacher Randi Collier, from Warner Robins High
Hamilton Way and teacher Pam Pierce, from Westfield School