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BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Mississippi Economic Council and M.B. Swayze Foundationâ€™s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program recognizes high school seniors in the state with the highest ACT score in their class.
This year, Khiante Falls, daughter of Florence Falls-Smith, Corey Smith and Elvis G. Jones, was selected as West Point High Schoolâ€™s STAR Student.
With a score of 29 on the ACT, Falls is also WPHSâ€™ valedictorian. She said her favorite subject is math, particularly calculus, and she plans to go into nursing when she graduates, though she isnâ€™t sure which school she will attend yet.
â€śItâ€™s great to get the recognition,â€ť Falls said. â€śEven though Iâ€™m not sure where Iâ€™m going to go now, my time at WPHS has gotten me prepared, and itâ€™s an honor to be the STAR student.â€ť
Each STAR student is allowed to choose their STAR teacher, and Falls selected Sheryl Wicks, who teaches accounting, computer applications, journalism and web design at WPHS.
â€śMrs. Wicks is a great teacher,â€ť Falls said. â€śSheâ€™s really helped to guide me and find my direction.â€ť
Wicks, who has been teaching at WPHS since 2001, said it was of her greatest honors to be chosen as STAR teacher.
â€śKhiante is a wonderful student and will be a great leader,â€ť Wicks said. â€śShe works hard for herself and she does everything she can to help others.â€ť
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