Lee County High School STAR Teacher Kathy Thurman, left, and STAR Student Kayleigh Sullivan were honored Tuesday morning during a Lee County Chamber “Eggs and Issues” breakfast at Grand Island.
ALBANY -- Kayleigh Sullivan was recognized as Lee County's STAR student and Kathy Thurman was tapped as STAR teacher at a Lee County Chamber of Commerce "Eggs and Issues" breakfast at the Grand Island Club Tuesday morning.
Sullivan, a senior at Lee County High School, was selected after being ranked No. 1 in her class for the top SAT score in one sitting in the school. She is a member of several academic clubs and is a basketball cheerleader.
Thurman is a 27-year teaching veteran who teaches social studies at Lee County High. She specializes in Advanced Placement U.S. History and AP Psychology.
Sullivan, who plans to major in International Affairs and International Business, is also keen on history.
"It's interesting to look back at history and see its effect on everything that is going on in the world right now," the STAR student said. "We learn from the past because it affects our future."
Thurman says her job, and her students specifically, helps keep her young.
"I love my kids," she said. "The interaction is wonderful, and being around them helps keep me young."
She said she feels she is in the ideal place to keep doing her job well.
"At Lee County the parents are really involved, and most of the students here remain eager to learn," Thurman said. "We continually keep raising the bar, and they keep responding to the challenge."