STAR Awards

Seventy-four of St. Johns County Schools’ best and brightest were honored by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and the St. Johns County School Board at the annual Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Awards Banquet held Tuesday, April 1 at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort.

The STAR Awards recognize the top 3 percent of all graduating seniors in the county. Thirteen students from Bartram Trail High School, one from Beacon of Hope Christian School, 10 from Creekside High School (CHS), 10 from Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS), 13 from Allen D. Nease High School (NHS), 12 from Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), 12 from St. Augustine High School (SAHS), and three from St. Joseph Academy received commendation for their outstanding academic performance.

During the recognition ceremony principals introduced each student and then a special mentor selected by the student. Principals shared their STAR students’ future plans and why they selected the teacher they chose to honor. In addition to making top grades, these students are involved in athletics, performing groups, school clubs and community service.

The STAR students and their mentors are as follows:

Bartram Trail High School – Evangeline Borngesser with Melissa Roughan; Jesse Burkett with Ronald Reagan; Jacob Coley with Jean Spiwak; Taylor Dumdei with Glen Cole; Madison French with Benjamin Windle; Hannah Giangaspro with Sharon Rizzuto; Davis Gilmore; Samantha Johnson with Julie Tugya; Lily Peterson with Ramona Deese; Amanda Rorabaugh with Jacob Teuscher; Carsen Smith and Haley Japer; Savannah Stephens with Robert Bruns; and Brianna Warwick and Miriam Green.

Beacon of Hope Christian School – Blair White with Jeremy Dowler

Creekside High School – Maria Cirillo with Kelli Knowles; Allison Davanzo with Megan Bowers; Eva Dohogne with Joseph Byrns; Shannon Grew with Justin Vogel; Connor Michalski with Amy Cocchiola; Logan Peck with Troy Keefe; Bailey Ranson with Kelly Gooding; Morgan Richburg with Aletha Dresback; Madeline Williams with Kelly Gooding; and Paige Zyserman with Rick Fowler.

Pedro Menendez High School – James Alvarez with Vicki Murphy; Morgan Brown with Amy de Vries; Gini Duong with James Gordon; Caleb Freeman with Jonathan Higgins; Christopher Frego with Kristen Mullins; Megan Lescroart with Grady Fischer; Evdokia Ptitsyna with Paul Villavisanis; Lara Saikaly with Joan LeBoss; Emily Shirley with Becci Smith; and Anissa Zacharias with Gwen Westfall.

Allen D. Nease High School – Diksha Brahmbhatt with Rosamaria Weaver; Jesse Chen with Vickie Hall; Robert Cunio with Nancy Williams; Lilian Dove with Michael Rivera; Erica Herrin with David Maynard; Nadia Hossain with Ashley Woolston; Farina Khandadia with Matthew Augenstein; Andri Kokoshi with Derek Coghlan; Diana Oum with Craig Binns; Aparna Sethumadhavan and Jaqueline Ashcroft; Madison Stenzel with Captain Robert Young; John Thompson with Kim Hollis; and Yuchen Wang with Troy Keefe.

Ponte Vedra High School – Allison Duncan with Jennifer Lee; Sophia Erhard with Betsy Kasting; Julia Kaufman with Karen Ford; Melissa Nicandri with Arleen Chiclana; Grace O’Hara with Arleen Chiclana; Benjamin Ohno with Randy Blake; Marissa Rice with Steve Lyons; Hannah Santillo with Catherine Snowden; Maria Sardari with Jennifer Lee; Lilia Tabassian with Kathryn Kehoe; Morgan Trimas with Randy Blake; and Ailish Ullmann with James Johnson.

St. Augustine High School – Thomas Baier with Warren McCrary; Katherine Benton with Sara Bailey; Gavin Canan with Ken Maas; Jimi Hutchings with Jeff Dodd; Austin Kubart with Rob Gober III; Julian Long with Christine Mars; Austin Lovelace with Curt Stewart; Ethan McLeod with Leea Galloza; Alexandra Munoz with Steven Ladwig; Priyam Patel with Gail Cullom, William Sapp with Janice Forson; and Taylor Smith with Chip Johnston.

St. Joseph Academy – Madeline E. Albertson with Sarah Borns; John R. Supina with Brian Larkin; and Lee Williams with Enrico Filippini.

Isabelle Rodriguez, interim president of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, served as emcee. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Joyner and School Board Members were also in attendance.

The annual event is produced by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the STAR Committee Members including Daniel Burkert, PVHS; Jennifer Fornera, CHS; Melissa Roughan, BTHS; Wanda Logan, SAHS; Kristine Novelly, NHS; Stephanie Jones, PMHS; Jeri Williar, St. Joseph Academy; Mary Whitfield and Cindy Pryor, Beacon of Hope Christian School and Debra Bulak, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by Flagler Hospital, Wayne Hogan of Terrell-Hogan, Bozard Ford Lincoln, VIP Presentation Products, iPhotobooth.com, Pop-A-Lock, Tobacco Free St. Johns, Tour St. Augustine, St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary and St. Johns Celtics.