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Baines and Cosgrove Named 2019 STAR Student and Teacher

Cornerstone Prep is proud to announce its 2019 STAR student, Hannah Baines of Kennesaw. Hannah nominated Jillian Cosgrove, director of school counseling and psychology teacher, as her STAR teacher.

Hannah has been a student at Cornerstone for 12 years. Her involvement at Cornerstone includes being vice president of the Beta Club, co-leader of Fellowship Fridays, and a tutor at the Writing Center. Outside of Cornerstone, she volunteers with her youth group, serving as the student leader of the Welcome Team and a member of the Youth Council, a group of students who are mentored by the pastors and help plan events. 

Hannah plans to major in nursing or computer science while fulfilling her medical school prerequisites. Her career goal is to become a neonatal nurse practitioner or a neonatologist.

When asked why she chose Mrs. Cosgrove as her STAR teacher, Hannah said, "Mrs. Cosgrove was really instrumental in helping me graduate early. Her help through scheduling conflicts, online classes, and all the classes where she has been my teacher has helped make me who I am today. She guided me and my family through the process of completing high school in three years at a time when I didn't even know that was possible. I have loved every class that she has taught me."

This is Mrs. Cosgrove's second time being chosen as Cornerstone Prep's STAR teacher.

"I have been Hannah's school counselor for the past five years and also her teacher in Psychology, Dual Enrollment Psychology, and Dual Enrollment Human Growth and Development" said Mrs. Cosgrove. "Hannah is unbelievably hardworking which, when paired with her exceptional intelligence, makes her an absolute dream to teach in any class."

She added, "Hannah is kind, compassionate, humble, and has a deep love for the Lord and a heart for service. To be honored as STAR teacher by a person of such grace and integrity is such a compliment and an honor."

The STAR Program

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, STAR, program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR Program has honored nearly 27,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the SAT National Average scores on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections.