MOULTRIE — Stuart Cashwell, a senior at Colquitt County High School, was named the CCHS 2006 STAR Student Thursday. He selected Becky Bevacqua, an English teacher at CCHS, as the 2006 STAR Teacher.

Deanie Campbell, a counselor at CCHS, made the announcements at the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday afternoon. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) has honored outstanding high school students and teachers here since 1958.

Cashwell said being named the STAR Student was an honor and a great privilege to him. He is the son of Andy and Danna Cashwell, and he told the Kiwanians he plans to attend either the University of Georgia or Auburn University next year. He has not yet decided on a major but is leaning toward biology.

To be named a STAR Student, Campbell said a high school senior must have the school’s highest SAT score in one sitting and be in the top 10 percent in grade point average. Cashwell had not only the highest SAT score at CCHS, but his 4.0 grade point average ranks him as second in a senior class of 409 students.

The STAR Student is also asked to select a teacher to be the school’s STAR Teacher. The STAR Teacher must be a current or former teacher of the STAR Student and must have an exceptional quality that separates him or her from all the many other teachers any student will have throughout the school sequence.

Bevacqua is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law and teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition. Cashwell said he selected Bevacqua as the STAR Teacher because she is an excellent teacher and was worthy to receive the award.

Because of Bevacqua’s teaching, Cashwell said he has grown a lot in English and as a person. English composition is not one his stronger subjects, but Cashwell has succeeded in the class thanks to Bevacqua’s teaching.

Bevacqua said it was an honor for a student such as Cashwell to “pay her back” with the STAR Teacher award. She was named CCHS Teacher of the Year in 2003 but had not been named as STAR Teacher before.

Campbell said honors Cashwell received before his senior year indicated he would be an exceptional student as a senior. He received an Excellence in

Geometry Award and Teachers' Award, was named to the National

Honor Roll and to Who's Who Among American High School students in the 10th grade.

In the eleventh grade, Cashwell received another nomination for Who's Who Among American High School students, and Campbell said he received a Certificate of Merit from UGA, was named a Wofford College Scholar, Presbyterian College Junior Fellow, a member of the National Honor Society, an All-American scholar, a U.S. National award winner in History and Government and a U.S. National Award Winner in Leadership. Cashwell has also received many awards and recognitions during his senior year, Campbell said. He has been commended by the National Merit Scholarship program, a member of the National Honor Society and serves as CCHS National Honor Society president as well as STAR student.

Cashwell is now and has been involved in many extracurricular activities along with school. He serves as a student council representative, belonging to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, the A Cappella Choir, the Men's Choir, Pressure Proof Pack, a mentoring program for Middle School students, Serenaders, Christ Club, Academic Decathlon, 4-H, Math team, and Spanish club. He has also participated in mission trips to Honduras, Tijuana, Mexico, Europe and other destinations as well as volunteered for hurricane relief and the Special Olympics.

Campbell said Bevacqua is also very involved and deserving of the STAR Teacher award. As teacher of the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition class an Advanced American Literature and Composition class, she lives by the quote, “The person pays you the greatest compliment who makes the greatest demands of you.” Bevacqua pays her students many compliments and they rise to the challenge.

Bevacqua greatly appreciates scholarship, but Campbell said not scholarlship for its own sake. She began the Colquitt County Chapter of the National Honor Society in 1999 to honor scholars with character, leadership and service and she continues to serve as the group's sponsor.

Additionally, Bevacqua has served as manager and assistant coach of the CCHS gymnastics team, sponsor of the CCHS Beta Club, Honors Night chairman, sponsor of the Academic/Quiz Bowl team, member of the SACS Steering Committee, member of the Scholarship Committee, the Staff Development Committee, and numerous other committees and task forces.

She has served in many volunteer positions, such as making costumes for Little Theater productions or dance recitals at the Arts Center, serving as chairman of the Colquitt County Council on Child Abuse Prevention, organizing Halloween carnivals, book fairs, and other school events, working at the Colquitt County Food Bank and for Habitat for Humanity and serving on

the Board of the Moultrie-Colquitt County public library.

Bevacqua’s willingness to volunteer and participate in the life of the

community demonstrates her commitment to one of her favorite quotes, Campbell said. That quote is, “We must be of use to someone other than ourselves.”

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