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Jackson selected at STAR Student, chooses Cox as STAR Teacher

Carrollton High School senior Tai Jackson’s academic success led CHS Principal Ian Lyle to name him the school’s 2023 STAR Student and surprised his STAR Teacher selection with a visit to his classroom Thursday morning to make the announcement. Tai chose CHS performing arts teacher Tommy Cox.

Cox has taught Tai for all four years of his high school career. Why did Tai pick Cox?

“From the moment I stepped into his first block during first semester freshman year, I knew that his class was for me. His personal love for theater was infectious, and I was instantly drawn to the environment of his class,” said Tai.

Tai said being part of Cox’s productions has given him opportunities to grow not only as a performer, but as a person.

“Being a part of these productions has given me so many opportunities to discover myself and make friends in the process,” he said. “Mr. Cox is not just a STAR teacher; he has been a STAR mentor for me these past few years. I cannot say I would be the same person without CHS Performing Arts — and that comes down to his direction and leadership.”

The STAR student award is presented to the graduating senior who posts the highest SAT score of his or her cohort and is in the top 10 percent of the class.

This was Cox’s first time being selected as a STAR Teacher. He said he is honored to have been chosen by Tai.

“Tai has always been dedicated to the performing arts and has been an anchor in our program,” said Cox. “For him to choose me as his STAR Teacher is a real affirmation of my work with these students. I am proud to have been selected, but I am especially proud of the great work our kids do daily both in class and in rehearsal.”

The pair now will compete at the region level with hopes of advancing to the state competition this spring. The STAR Student/Teacher program is sponsored locally by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators thereafter.