Katerina Creel was named Model High School’s STAR student at a luncheon held at Model High on Tuesday, February 21.  The award was presented by Michele Rickard, an agent with Hardy Realty, representing the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce.  Creel selected Lacey Pinson, her dance and drama teacher, as her MHS STAR teacher. The luncheon was held in the media center at Model High School.

To be named a STAR student, a high school senior must have the highest SAT score in the school on one test date through November prior to graduation.  The student’s SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the national average and the senior must be in the top 10 percent in the school’s senior class based on grade point average.

The STAR teacher is selected by the student for having the most significant contribution to the student’s scholastic development.  Creel calls Pinson her “second mother” because she spends so much time with her preparing for the many productions in which she has performed. Creel said, “Ms. Pinson leads by example in encouraging me to be a better student and person.”

Creel is in the Honors program at Model High and is very active in the Drama Department.  She has performed in three major productions during her years in high school including the Model High spring musical “Oklahoma!”. She is currently a part of this year’s system-wide production of the Gershwin musical comedy “Crazy for You.”  Creel has participated in One Act Play competition productions of “Cinderella” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”  She also performed in the first system-wide musical “Phantom of the Opera” last spring.  Creel directed, produced and acted in “A Christmas Carol” for her Senior Project assignment for the Honors seal.

“Katerina is a smart, funny and very talented young lady whom I have gotten to know through many hours spent in class and in rehearsal,” said Lacey Pinson, her STAR teacher. “I can’t speak highly enough of her hard work, dependability and contagiously awesome personality!”  

After graduation, Creel plans to major in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine.  She is considering Berry College, Samford University, and Furman University but has not made her final decision as she awaits word on scholarship opportunities.   
The STAR program has been in existence since 1958 and has recognized more than 24,000 students and teachers in Georgia. The program is sponsored locally by the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce and statewide by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).