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Flint River Academy is proud to announce that Eric Anderson of Thomaston has been named FRA’s Star Student.


The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is in its 56th year and sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education. 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.


STAR begins each year in high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR student is named and chooses a STAR teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and then compete for county titles and then for region honors. Region winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student.


Eric Anderson is the son of Terri Anderson and the late Cliff Anderson of Thomaston, Georgia. Eric is currently ranked third in his class at Flint River Academy and will graduate with a College Prep Honors Diploma which includes AP AB Calculus, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology and five other science classes. Eric has won numerous academic awards including: Governor’s Honors Program in Mathematics Alternate, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the Georgia Certificate of Merit, and several class Outstanding Student Awards. He was also named as an Outstanding Catholic Youth of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is a member of the Flint River Academy Math Bowl Team, Science Olympiad Team, and Literary Team and serves as Treasurer of the National Honor Society. Other extracurricular activities include Varsity Football, Varsity Track and Key Club. Eric hopes to attend Georgia Tech and major in Engineering.


Eric selected Mrs. Kay Barnes as the teacher who has had the most influence on his academic achievement. Mrs. Barnes has been teaching high school math for 44 years. She has been teaching at Flint River Academy for 42 of those years. This is the 24th time that Mrs. Barnes has been selected as a STAR teacher. She was recognized in 2004 as one of two teachers in the history of the STAR program to be named STAR Teacher twenty times. Mrs. Barnes was also recognized in 2005 by Wesleyan College and presented an alumni award for “Distinguished Achievement in a Profession


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