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DWS's Michas 2012 STAR Student

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.

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.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Yeah coachjohnson42.......NOW we get to the important stuff!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 6 months ago

There were 3 awesome students from the DCSS that were recognized as well. Westover, Albany, and Monroe were nicely represented .....Congrats to all that were honored.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 6 months ago

and this is news outside Deerfield Windsor because?.......What about the STAR students at Dougherty, Monroe, Albany or Westover? Seems to me they are more deserving of recognition because of the odds they have to overcome.

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Alb5any 2 years, 6 months ago

FlunkyMonkey, I'm sure all of the STAR Students at every high school in Dougherty County are extremely deserving but these odds you speak of is not what the award is given for. Yes, as I said before, they are probably all very deserving but your point is weak and invalid. Deerfield is a much better and harder school than all of the other public schools...you do not need to stereotype every intelligent student at the public schools as having to overcome great odds to make the grades they make. Many of the kids I know at these public schools have indeed had to overcome great odds where, much more than that have not had to overcome any odds against them.

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Momof3 2 years, 6 months ago

"@ Alb5any.. what does this mean Many of the kids I know at these public schools have indeed had to overcome great odds where, much more than that have not had to overcome any odds against them."

I was ALMOST following you until I got to the last sentence and you lost me.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 6 months ago

You cant prove Deerfield is harder.....the students at DCSS are just as smart.....

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

You can't prove Deerfield is harder........to a blockhead with wax in his ears.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

your remarks are going to get you kicked out of the trailer park.....

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ghostofkarelia 2 years, 6 months ago

As someone who transferred from Westover to Deerfield, I can say that Deerfield is considerably harder.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 5 months ago

Coach is PROOF POSITIVE of how smart DCSS students are.

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 5 months ago

You can't prove a Positive to a Negitive (Old Fart).

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Let's be clear how you become the STAR student for Dougherty County. You make the highest SAT score of all the students in the county. Unfortunately the paper doesn't reveal the scores of the various school representatives, nor emphasize that if a school does not have a representative STAR student, it means that NOBODY made the minimum score of 1500 (of a possible 2400). 1500 represents the national average in the three testing areas. So if a school does not have a STAR representative, then their best student did not score higher than the national average.

Having clarified that for you all, congratulations to the students who did achieve STAR status.

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Momof3 2 years, 6 months ago

You are VERY correct Sister_Ruby, but I will say this, If the Mr. Michas has been accepted at GT already and is waiting on MIT Harvard and Duke to respond back, he probably made at last a 2000 on the SAT since all the Ivy League schools require it.

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proudmom229 2 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations to Lake Park ES graduate and current DWS student Chris Michas for winning! You represent both schools well!

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proudmom229 2 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations to Lake Park E S graduate and current DWS student, Chris Michas! You make both schools proud of your continued hard work. Best of luck as you represent Albany in the next level of the STAR competition!

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Alb5any 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you for clarifying Sister! Sorry FlunkyMonkey, but you're wrong!!

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Momof3 2 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to all the students who represented each school. What a great accomplishment!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to all the students.

Please put All the negative comments aside. we should be showing support for the Four DCSS students and Teachers and hopefully they will be inspirations to their peers. GREAT Work!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

taxpayer, sorry for a negative comment but there were only 3 DCSS students. The point I tried not to make earlier was that there was not a representative from Dougherty High, meaning that nobody achieved an SAT score above 1500, the National Average of the 3 test sections. But great work for everybody!

Also, Michas surely made over 2000 on his test because my child made over 2000 a few years back and was not a STAR student and did not go to Harvard.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 6 months ago

My bad. I got so excited to see anyone from DCSS made the list that I just completely over looked one of the four was from Sherwood Christian Academy. Apologies along with Congratulations to Andrew Bode and Teacher Lindsey Sanders.

I did not view your earlier comment as being a negative comment albeit was a very sad FACT. DCSS is failing our Youth and if Albany continues to sit idly by, and is supported by people who do NOT want the boat rocked (Red nose & Yellow shoes), it will not improve.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 6 months ago

Your brain is small and the rest of your body parts are proportional..................

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 6 months ago

And, 14 of the last 17 DOCO Star Students were from DWS...

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