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Senior Matthew Keagle Named STAR Student

Senior Matthew Keagle is Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s 2020 PAGE STAR student for receiving the highest SAT score in the 2020 graduating class and for his academic achievements. 

As the STAR student, Matthew selected Upper School English teacher Melody Cannon as his STAR Teacher in gratitude for her contributions to his scholastic development. “I was the most challenged in her class and also learned the most,” said Matthew, who earned a score of five on the AP English exam last year after completing Mrs. Cannon’s class. 

Matthew and Mrs. Cannon attended the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club breakfast on Feb. 25 to be recognized for the STAR honors. 

"Matthew is the type of student who not only rises to any challenge you throw his way, but he does it with a smile... and usually does it more impressively than anticipated," Adam Frye, Upper School History teacher, said. 

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the PAGE Foundation. Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 27,500 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination.

STAR begins each year in participating Georgia high schools when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 172 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program.