Dougherty County's 2012 STAR Student Chris Michas, right, of Deerfield-Windsor School stands with STAR Teacher Travis Campbell during the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's 52nd Annual STAR Student/Teacher luncheon Wednesday at Doublegate Country Club.
ALBANY -- Deerfield-Windsor School's Chris Michas was named as Dougherty County's STAR Student of 2012 at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's 52nd annual STAR Student/Teacher luncheon Wednesday at Doublegate Country Club.
Michas is the son of Julie and Dr. Paul Michas.
The younger Michas' favorite teacher, Travis Campbell, was named as the county's STAR Teacher of the year.
In addition to Michas and Campbell, four other county students and teachers were also honored.
Forrest Schultz and teacher Leslie Winks represented Albany High; Chelsea Cox and teacher Johnathon Johnson represented Monroe High; Andrew Bode and teacher Lindsey Sanders represented Sherwood Christian Academy, and Ellen Roberts and teacher Barbara Jack represented Westover High.
Chamber Interim CEO Bobby McKinney welcomed the students, saying, "The chamber, as a business community, is looking to you as the future leaders of our entire community."
Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree pointed to the parents and teachers as inspirations to others.
"Looking around this room, it's not hard to see why we have these STAR Students," Murfree said. "This is the kind of support that every student in Dougherty County needs. To the parents and grandparents, thank you for pushing your students."
Deerfield Headmaster Dave Davies said it was refreshing to see students recognized for academics.
"We don't have a whole lot of celebrating about academics," Davies said. "High test scores don't get full-color pictures in the paper like athletics. You guys are going to be leaders, and Albany needs you back after you get your education and experience to help move this city forward."
Sherwood Headmaster Brian Dougherty was also effusive in his praise.
"I am standing before you in the presence of greatness," Dougherty said. "You need to bask in this moment and enjoy it because you have earned it.
"You have been given much; remember to give something back."
Michas, who has been accepted at Georgia Tech, said he is still waiting to hear back from Harvard, MIT, Duke and Princeton. He said he will major in either applied mathematics or engineering.
He also expressed his thanks to Campbell by buying his teacher a ticket to a Van Halen concert.