STAR Student and STAR Teacher

Dooly County High School Senior, Calandria Holmes has been selected as the 2024 STAR Student, and she has selected Valentina Bowens, as her STAR Teacher.   Calandria is an outstanding Beta Club student at Dooly County High School excelling in her academic classes as well as in health occupations and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) where Ms. Bowens is an instructor and student organization advisor. 

In the mid 1990’s the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) assumed responsibility for the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.  The program has honored over 29,500 students and their selected teachers since its inception in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 

The program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score on any single test date (scores may not be combined from two or more test dates) and be in the top 10% or the top ten in their graduating class. Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the SAT national average scores on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 520 and Math: 508. 

The STAR Teacher is selected by the declared high school STAR Student for having made the most significant contribution to the STAR Student’s scholastic and personal development. STAR teachers advance with their students through system, region and state competitions. 

Calandria is the daughter of Constance Green.  Both Calandria’s mother and her sister, Chasity Holmes are also graduates of Dooly County schools.