by: Anna Kate Baygents
Oak Grove recently announced Daniel Beck as the 2011-2012 Star Student. With a score of 35 on his ACT, achieving this feat was quite an honor.“I am so excited to be named Star Student. I originally heard about it my freshman year, but never thought I’d ever get it,” Beck said. “It’s nice to be recognized for your accomplishments.”
Beck plans on attending the University of Southern Mississippi to study business next year on “hopefully a Presidential scholarship.” That, combined with the Air Force ROTC Commander’s Leadership Scholarship will result in refunds for him.
“Making money while in collegewould definitely be a plus,” Beck said.
Beck chose Mr. Brandon Webb as his Star Teacher. Webb has been at Oak Grove for four years, teaching English, Spanish and speech classes.“I was blown away when I found out I was chosen,” Webb said. “It had been a running joke for years that he would pick me if he made it, but I never expected it.”
Beck has advice for other students hoping to be Star Students: “Read anything and everything, and challenge yourself with lots of AP classes, even if it does hurt your GPA in the long run.”
The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayne Educational Foundation sponsor the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among the state’s high school sudents.