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Hammontree named STAR Student of Mountain Education Charter High School


     Shea Hammontree has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Mountain Education Charter High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR Program.  Hammontree is the daughter of Miles and Beth Hammontree of Jasper.  She selected Mrs. Susan Anderson, teacher at Harmony Elementary School, as her STAR Teacher.

    Mountain Education Center opened in 1993 and Pickens joined the system in 1994 and sent students to the Gilmer County campus.  In 2007 Mountain Education Center High School became a Charter School and in 2012 the system was re-named Mountain Education Charter High School.  The Pickens campus was opened in 2010.  The mission of MECHS “is to provide students the opportunity to be successful learners and to earn a high school diploma”. MECHS has 12 campuses across north Georgia.
    Hammontree attends the Pickens campus and was named the 2016 STAR Student across the entire 12 campus system.
    The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 58th year, is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation. Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 25,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
    Miss Hammontree and Mrs. Anderson will be recognized along with the Pickens High School STAR Student and Teacher – Hannah Kilpatrick and Christine Westbrook at the 2016 STAR Banquet.  In addition, the Optimist will recognize nine STAR Student and Teacher Finalist from Pickens High School.
    The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, February 25.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should email the Optimist Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Reservations are required and tickets are $24 per person.  The Woodbridge Inn, who has catered the Optimist STAR program since the first banquet, will again cater this years’ banquet.
    Mr. Cory Watson, the PHS STAR Student in 2004, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet.