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County's STARs honored
Lynn Flesch, Ethan Troha, Antony Jepson and Carolyn Deloach stand for a photograph during the Wednesday luncheon thrown to honor them. - photo by Photo provided.
Bradwell Institute and Liberty High's STAR students, and the teachers they selected, were honored at a luncheon here Wednesday.
LCHS's Ethan Troha and BI's Antony Jepson were the focus at the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce's annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition luncheon at Bethesda Church.
Troha, son of Steve and Marla Troha, was also named STAR for the county. He selected Lynn Flesch, who teaches social studies at LCHS, as his STAR teacher.
Troha has lived in Hinesville all of his life and attended the public schools here since kindergarten. He is the president of the National Honors Society, president of the Rotary Interact Club and a member of Young Adult Liberty Leaders.
He plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall to major in accounting.
As the county winner he will represent Liberty at region competition in Statesboro.
Flesch has been teaching for 24 years and taught Troha history in the past.
Bradwell's Jepson is the son of Paul and Dorla Jepson of Hinesville. He chose Carolyn Deloach to share his honor.
Jepson serves as president of the Beta Club, president of the Young Adult Liberty Leaders, is a semi-finalist in the National Merit Competition, and finished second in the Georgia State Beta Club Convention.
He plans to study computer engineering at Georgia Tech in the fall.
Deloach teaches chemistry and physics at Bradwell. She served as a nuclear engineer in a nuclear weapons research laboratory for the U.S. Air Force, an analytical research chemist on a neurochemical research project for the Veterans Administration and was a supervising chemist for research and development with Baylor College of Dentistry.  Her research has been published in six international science journals and she is a published author.  
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the STAR program.  The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is the only chamber to sponsor the program every year since its inception.  As a result, it will be recognized at the regional event in Statesboro.
Chamber Executive Director Kenny Smiley said, "This event tends to be one of the chamber's proudest moments each year as we get to honor our top students and top teachers of Liberty County.  These two students and two teachers are a true, shining example of Liberty County's excellent school system."
Smiley said Sharron Hays and a committee hosted the ceremony, which was also sponsored by Bethesda Church, Dove Mortgage and Dr. Davis G. Beatie.  

STAR focuses public attention on Georgia's outstanding students and teachers. Each year a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school is named. To obtain the STAR nomination, students must have the highest score in one sitting on the three-part SAT taken through the December test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class.
High school STAR students compete for system titles; and system STAR students in turn compete for region honors in the 12 STAR Regions. Region winners and their STAR teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR awards.

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