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VHS Names STAR Student and Teacher

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program for the 2015-2016 school year, sponsored locally by the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta, and statewide by The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, recognizes Mo Asebiomo and her IB Biology teacher, Cindy Plumly.

"It is a true blessing to be honored with this award,” said Asebiomo, who looked at this competition as a way to challenge herself.  “My goal throughout this entire process was to be the best I can be even if it means stepping outside of my comfort zone.”

To be named Valdosta High School's STAR student, Asebiomo had to have the highest score on any single SAT sitting before or during November 2015 of her senior year while also being in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in her graduating class based on grade point average.

More than shining brightly in the classroom as an International Baccalaureate student, Asebiomo shares her gifts and talents with Valdosta High School’s Key Club, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Speech and Debate Team, International Club, and Wildcat Tennis team. Her involvement in the Writer’s Workshop class at the high school has sparked her interest in journalism as shown in her works as a staff writer displayed in the Paw in Print. She plans to major in communications at one of the seven colleges she has applied to including, Princeton and Stanford, where her older siblings attend.

The decision of who to choose as her STAR teacher was difficult for Asebiomo as she kept in mind that she receives guidance from and admires all of her teachers. After a final assessment, however, one teacher stood out above the rest: Cindy Plumly.  “I didn’t choose Mrs. Plumly because biology is my favorite subject,” said Asebiomo. “I chose her because she always believes in my abilities even when I may not see them right away. Every day when I enter her classroom, she has expectations for me that push me to be better. Many students may view that as assertive, but she is very compassionate and empathetic. She pairs her toughness with good, positive energy and is always on top of her teaching.”

When asked how she felt about being chosen as the STAR teacher by Asebiomo, Plumly responded, “I was in complete shock. I am pleased to be representing Valdosta High School with her. She is an all-around good student and is very personable. She will be excellent in anything she sets her mind to. She’s going places.”

The Kiwanis Club of Valdosta has sponsored the STAR Region Table seats for Valdosta High students and teachers, as well as travel to the state dinner for many years.  Asebiomo and Plumly will attend the STAR region banquet soon.

Article and photo by Dylan Michael