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STAR students, teachers honored at banquet
With 1580 SAT score, Bhave of South Forsyth is district STAR
From left, Aditya Hemant Bhave, Cooper R. Meitz, Brendan Floody, Taylor Harville, In Kyu Jang, Nicholas Hwang and Nolan Christopher Stafford. - photo by Frank Reddy

Some of the county’s smartest young people were honored Thursday night during the annual STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Banquet at the University of North Georgia Cumming Campus.

Presented by Cumming Kiwanis Club, the event honored students at the seven high schools in Forsyth County with the highest SAT scores.

Student Aditya Hemant Bhave of South Forsyth High School was singled out during the event for being the district’s STAR student, having scored a 1580 on his SAT — an almost-perfect score.

STAR students and teachers

Forsyth Central High School

Student: Cooper R. Meitz

Teacher: Donna Governor


Horizon Christian Academy

Student: In Kyu Jang

Teacher: Lisa Stiles


Lambert High School

Student: Nicholas Hwang

Teacher: Lisa Oswald


North Forsyth High School

Student: Brendan Floody

Teacher: Amanda Swafford


Pinecrest Academy

Student: Nolan 

Christopher Stafford

Teacher: Carla Chwat


South Forsyth High School

Student: Aditya Hemant Bhave

Teacher: Angela Satterfield


West Forsyth High School

Student: Taylor Harville

Teacher: Rebecca Britten

“It’s the brightest of the brightest here tonight,” said Scot Roehm, past president of Cumming Kiwanis Club. “[These students] have already achieved so much through their learning careers, and we think it’s important to recognize their hard work … also, the teachers here tonight bring out the very best in these young people.”

Keynote speaker for the evening of accolades was Gavin Cloy, a member of the USA Paralympics and former school teacher. He talked to young people about the importance of staying in school and achieving their dreams.

After losing both his legs in an accident, Cloy was able to learn to walk again using prosthetics and would later go on to become a competitive athlete.

Those in attendance listening to Cloy included the STAR students, teachers and their families.

Star student
From left, Scot Roehm and Chris Burns present the STAR student award to Aditya Hemant Bhave and teacher Angela Satterfield. - photo by Frank Reddy
Speaking at the podium Thursday night, Nolan Christopher Stafford of Pinecrest Academy thanked his family for their support. Stafford will be attending Washington University in St. Louis and playing football there. He bragged on STAR teacher Carla Chwat.

“Some people would say a science kind of guy like me wouldn’t necessarily choose a literature teacher [for this] … but I’ve been with her junior and senior year …  She teaches in a way that really engages you in her class, and it’s one of the most enjoyable classes I have,” Stafford said.

Taylor Harville of West Forsyth High School said she hopes to attend Vanderbilt University. She said STAR teacher Rebecca Britten “has always been supportive” and “she helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life, and has always been there for me, and I really appreciate that she’s a teacher who really cares for her students.”

Forsyth Central High School student Cooper R. Meitz hopes to attend MIT or Caltech to study engineering. He said his STAR teacher, Donna Governor, “was the first teacher who made science interesting and fun for me.”

In Kyu Jang of Horizon Christian Academy said that in his future studies he hopes to find a cure for dementia and Alzheimer’s. He said his STAR teacher, Lisa Stiles, helped him “in so many aspects of life … she’s such a wonderful teacher.”

Brendan Floody of North Forsyth High School aims to attend Benedectine College in Kansas and study philosophy, theology or engineering.

Floody said he selected STAR teacher Amanda Swafford because “she was the first teacher that made math enjoyable for me. I looked forward to going to math class every day thanks to her.”

Nicholas Hwang of Lambert High School said he hopes to attend University of Georgia or Georgia Tech with a degree in business. He said his STAR teacher Lisa Oswald is “absolutely amazing. She’s super passionate about her subjects. She’s the kind of teacher who’s there ridiculously early in the morning and is always there to answer questions … and she’s always encouraged me.”

Bhave of South Forsyth High School said he hopes to go to college at Brown University. He said his STAR teacher Angela Satterfield “is a phenomenal teacher … with so much dedication to not only the school but her students. The individual attention she gives to every one of us is truly amazing.”