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STAR Student Chooses Inspiring Teacher To Share Recognition

Cornerstone Prep is proud to announce its 2021 STAR student, Alexandra Swanson of Acworth. Alexandra nominated Tracie Setzler of Acworth, high school Latin, World History, Government and Economics teacher, and secondary History department chair, as her STAR teacher.

Swanson has been a student at Cornerstone for four years. Her involvement at Cornerstone includes A Capella, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Beta Club.

Outside of Cornerstone, she is involved in Martial Arts at New Vision Martial Arts as an assistant instructor and plays beach volleyball at Club S3. In her free time, she also enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and surfing. Swanson will major in Biopsychology at Oglethorpe University, and she is deciding between a career in Forensic Psychology or Neuroscience.  

When asked why she chose Setzler as her STAR teacher, Swanson said, “I must admit, choosing just one teacher as my STAR teacher was tough, as I feel all of my teachers have had a positive impact on me. I chose Mrs. Setzler, though, because I feel as though she has had the greatest impact, both education-wise and just in terms of life skills.”  

“I have had classes with her every year since 9th grade, and she has always been very supportive of my endeavors, offering guidance to help me make the best decisions possible for my future. She finds a positive in every situation, and to be honest, the amount of knowledge she has to share about life in general makes her seem superhuman to me. She is one of my favorite teachers, and I believe that she fits the definition of a STAR teacher perfectly!” Swanson continued. 

Setzler has been teaching at Cornerstone for 5 years, and this is her first time being chosen as Cornerstone Prep's STAR teacher.  

“I am so honored to have been chosen by Alex as her 'Star' teacher,” said Setzler.  “She is one of the best students I have had the pleasure to teach. Besides being a diligent and intelligent student, she also has the laudable desire to truly understand the ideas behind what she is learning in class and how they fit into the bigger picture. I always looked forward to reading her work, as she would go above and beyond in explaining how what she was learning was relevant in her life. She inspires me to challenge all students to dig deeper. She will be missed next year!”  

About 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 27,500 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.  

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