MOULTRIE — The Moultrie Kiwanis Club announced its 2010 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) student and teacher at its weekly meeting Thursday.

Colquitt County High School senior Lena Griffin was named as the 2010 STAR Student. She selected Colquitt County High Language Arts teacher Allen Edwards as the 2010 STAR Teacher.

Griffin, the daughter of Joseph and Carla Griffin, said she was very excited yet overwhelmed with being named as the STAR Student. She was thankful to many people, including her parents and the Kiwanis Club, for all their help in getting her to where she is today in her education.

“Thank you all for helping to pave the road to a higher education for me,” Griffin said.

Griffin said she plans to attend the University of Georgia, where she will study natural sciences. She hopes to develop a business to buy and sell environmentally safe products.

When the decision came to selecting the STAR Teacher, Griffin said Edwards did so much for her when she was in his class. He helped her to find herself and be comfortable with who she was, and Edwards was also very complimentary of Griffin.

Edwards said Griffin is one of those students who defies typical characterization. She is several things rolled into one, from an earthy, hip person to a computer junkie to one full of personal strength to a member of the band.

“So how do we characterize her?” Edwards said. “Lena Griffin is an unforgettable character, one too colorful to even center a novel on. In a novel, she would be the voice of conscience for the protagonist, the friend who is not afraid to call the hero to task and to fight beside him in the final conflict, the foil of the bland protagonist.”

Edwards said he was very humbled at being chosen as the STAR Teacher by Griffin. He has been teaching for seven years, including five at CCHS, but this was his first time being chosen as a STAR Teacher. To be chosen by one of his students makes the honor even more special.

“Since this honor came from a student,” Edwards said, “it is so valuable to me. You don’t get into teaching for the recognition, but to have a student single you out and say you made a difference makes the long hours and the frustrations worth it. That gets you out of bed in the morning.”

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