MCHS's STAR Student Clark Orr and STAR teacher Deanna Shuman.

MCHS’s STAR Student Clark Orr and STAR teacher Deanna Shuman.

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

Morgan County High School (MCHS) selected Clark Orr, 17, a senior at MCHS as the STAR Student of the Year as part of the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition).

In turn, Orr was given the opportunity to select MCHS’s STAR Teacher of the Year. He chose Deana Shuman, his French teacher of the last four years.

Orr was picked because of his academic diligence and scoring a 2330 on his SATs.

According to the STAR program, 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.

“The highest score you can get on the SATs is a 2400, so 2330 is quite an accomplishment,” said Jim Malanowski, principal at MCHS. “We are very proud of him.”

Shuman, a MCHS teacher for seven years, was chosen by Orr for her profound impact on students.

“She brings an enthusiasm and comfort level to the classroom that allows students to get out of their comfort zones to learn,” said Orr. Malanowski praised Shuman for her unfailing dedication to teaching and to her students.

“Thank you Dr. Shuman for all the work you do,” said Malanowski.

Orr will go on to compete for school system titles, and those winners will compete for region honors. Regions winners will compete for the honor of being named PAGE STAR student.