Excellence in education
May 17, 2003
Michael Grace has been named as a STAR Student for the 2002-2003 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council's M. B. Swayze Educational Foundation, sponsor of the program.
STAR is an acronym for Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition.
The Enterprise High School senior was honored during the 13th annual education celebration on April 25 at Mississippi College in Clinton, an event co-sponsored by Entergy. Grace is the son of Dana Prince and Jimmy Ray Grace.
Grace has earned and received many academic honors while in high school. Among those is a grade point average of 4.02, high honor roll recognition and a composite ACT score of 27.
Grace also was ranked third in the senior class, is a member of the National Honor Roll, is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and is a members of the United States Academy of Achievement.
He represented Enterprise High in the 2001-02 Who's Who Among American High School Students and qualified to become a Presidential Classroom Scholar.
He also has received the highest average in Algebra II, Geometry, Anatomy and Physiology, English III and Advanced Placement U. S. History.
Since his freshman year, Grace has been a member of Students Against Drunk Driving, serving as president during his senior year, and a member of the Beta Club, serving as president during his junior year.
Other scholastic and extracurricular activities include junior class president; varsity football his freshman, sophomore, and junior years; varsity baseball his freshman and sophomore years; and varsity basketball his freshman year.
In 2002, he was a member of the Mississippi Governor's School, was invited to participate in the 2002 Youth Leadership Conference in Washington and was invited to attend the Junior Statesman Summer School.
Grace received the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society award for outstanding proficiency in American history and won a math award from the United States Academy of Achievement.
He works at the Indianola Pecan House in Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian. In the fall, Grace plans to attend the University of Mississippi.
STAR students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school's STAR Student.
Milton A. Lewis III, of Chunky, was designated STAR Teacher. Milton has been teaching for five years and is currently at Enterprise High teaching Social Studies. He is retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service.
He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. His honors include being nominated and placed in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers.