Steinfeld brings home a STAR student | News

Thursday marked a return to normal for Baldwin County’s Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

The 2021 installment was not made in the usual manner for luncheons/banquets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, however, students, educators, family members and local civic clubs came to the Lake Sinclair Club to honor the four grade-level STAR students and their teachers.

At the end of the approximately hour-long program, Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kara Lassiter announced GMC Prep senior Ethan Steinfeld as a Baldwin County STAR student. for 2022. His impressive SAT score of 1560 in a single test session was enough to propel him to the top of Baldwin County’s best and brightest students this year.

“It means a lot to me, it really does,” Steinfeld said after the ceremony. “I didn’t expect to win, so it’s really exciting. I am truly grateful to all my teachers, my family and everyone who has had a great impact on my life.

Among this group of teachers he thanked was his chosen STAR teacher, Emily Boylan. The GMC Prep biology teacher has become a regular at STAR student banquets as she is frequently selected by her students.

“I chose her as a STAR teacher because she is the most positive and enthusiastic teacher I have ever had,” Steinfeld said. “She motivated me to do my best and encouraged my love of science in the natural world. … She makes the world a better place every day and she inspired me to try to do the same.

Boylan taught biology at Steinfeld in his freshman year and the two have not shared a classroom since. It just goes to show the impact his teaching had on the 2022 Baldwin County STAR student.

The GMC Prep STAR teacher shared that the benefit works both ways.

“Really, the honor is for me to have had a year to work with him,” Boylan said. “He taught me so much. He raised my bar. Coming into class, he really challenged me to make sure I provided him with a challenge. His curiosity was such a boost for me.

In addition to his STAR student status, Steinfeld was also recently announced as co-major of the GMC Prep Class of 2022. He has just decided that he will attend Georgia Tech after high school to major in computer science and possibly pursue a doctorate. in computational science and engineering, a field that combines computer science, artificial intelligence, and mathematical modeling to interpret large sets of data collected by satellites.

“Something big is going to happen in your life, and I just hope we’re all still alive so we can witness it because you really are an amazing young man,” said GMC Prep Director Dr. Steve Greer, during the STAR student. breakfast.

Outside of the classroom, Steinfeld plays tennis and is a member of the GMC Prep marching and concert bands. He is a skilled pianist who lends this talent to the church and local nursing homes as a volunteer. Steinfeld was also certified as an open water diver, so his interests lie not only in the stars, but also in the depths.

The future Georgia Tech student was one of four high school students honored at Thursday’s luncheon. Each high school — Baldwin High, GMC Prep and John Milledge — typically sends a student to compete for county honor, but BHS had a tie this year between Diana Cazacu and Johnny Pulliam. Cazacu chose Jessica Thompson as his STAR teacher and plans to attend the University of Georgia to major in a visual fine arts field. Pulliam has chosen Damita Jones as his STAR teacher, and he will go to Georgia College to study to become a nurse like his father. John Milledge’s STAR student was Kaela Clark who took a slightly different path to choose her STAR teacher. She went with Doug Stephens, her competition cheer coach. Clark plans to major in aerospace engineering in college. She’s been accepted to Georgia Tech, but hasn’t decided where she’ll go yet.

Each grade-level STAR student received a $500 scholarship while Steinfeld received $1,000 as the county winner. Each STAR teacher received $100 for being selected as a major influence on students’ educational journeys. Locally, the STAR program is sponsored by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, the Milledgeville Exchange Club, and the Rotary Club of Milledgeville.

Steinfeld will represent Baldwin County regionally on March 15 in Macon.

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