MS Economic Council Announces STAR Students
Biloxi Schools is pleased to announce that three of our seniors have been named STAR Student for the 2020-21 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. Established by the MEC in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students and teachers in Mississippi. Biloxi High’s STAR students are Lauren Johnson, Addie Grace Pyron and Sailie Smith.
Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.
Lauren Johnson has chosen Mr. Morgan, Assistant Director of Bands.
Addie Grace Pyron & Sailie Smith have chosen Mrs. Katherine Pitts, Dual Credit Algebra & Dual Credit Trigonometry.
Congratulations to these outstanding students and educators!
Lauren Johnson is a National Merit Finalist, President of Biloxi's Tri-M Music Honor Society, and an active member of Campus Security Council, Spanish Club, Pride Club, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is also a dedicated member of the Biloxi Band, participating in the marching, concert, and jazz bands as well as the color guard. About her STAR teacher Chris Morgan, Lauren says, "Mr. Morgan has been a significant inspiration to me ever since middle school. From his extensive knowledge of music theory to his own great musicianship, he motivates me to be my best every day. Most importantly, he never lets me forget the importance of good music."
Addie Grace Pyron is a 6 year member of the BHS Dance Team, where she has served as Gameday Officer and Team Captain. She is also a member of the BHS Band, where she plays in the Wind Ensemble and was Drum Major her senior year. She is President of National Honor Society and an active member of Beta Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, AP Psychology Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is a member of the Junior Auxiliary Crown Club and a 15-year studio dancer at Ballet Theatre South. She chose Katherine Pitts as her STAR teacher and says, "Mrs. Pitts has that rare ability to transform a classroom into a home. Not only did she help me excel academically, but my interactions with her left me a better person."
Sailie Smith is Vice President of National Honor Society, and an active member of Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Fellowship of Christians Athletes, and Key Club. She played for the Biloxi High Varsity Volleyball Team for four years and served as Team Captain for two years. She also plays for Mississippi Gulf Coast Volleyball Club and has been a regular volunteer at the Keesler Air Force Base Non-Profit Thrift Shop. Sailie chose Katherine Pitts as her STAR Teacher as well and says, "Mrs. Pitts is an incredible teacher and exhibits a level of compassion and kindness that always made me feel welcome and cared for in her classroom."