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Falls, Kelly selected as STAR students

May 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Economic Council and M.B. Swayze Foundation’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 School’s STAR Student.
With a score of 29 on the ACT, Falls is also WPHS’ valedictorian. She said her favorite subject is math, particularly calculus, and she plans to go into nursing when she graduates, though she isn’t sure which school she will attend yet.
“It’s great to get the recognition,” Falls said. “Even though I’m not sure where I’m going to go now, my time at WPHS has gotten me prepared, and it’s an honor to be the STAR student.”
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.
“Mrs. Wicks is a great teacher,” Falls said. “She’s really helped to guide me and find my direction.”
Wicks, who has been teaching at WPHS since 2001, said it was of her greatest honors to be chosen as STAR teacher.
“Khiante is a wonderful student and will be a great leader,” Wicks said. “She works hard for herself and she does everything she can to help others.”

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