Virgo Named STAR Student, Chenard STAR Teacher

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - by Lindsey Derrick

Senior Richard Virgo has been named this year’s Dalton High School’s STAR student, and he has chosen psychology teacher Dr. Karen Chenard as the STAR teacher. “I’m always building stuff,” said the 16-year-old.

The STAR student is based on top SAT scores, and the recipient must also be in the top 5-10% of their school.

Mr. Virgo, who scored a 2230 on his SAT, heard he was named STAR student back in December.
“I didn’t think I’d get it,” the 18-year-old said. “I thought there would be someone else who must’ve done better.

It’s pretty neat.”

Mr. Virgo then had to choose a teacher who had done a lot for him during his high school career. He chose Dr. Chenard.  Mr. Virgo took Chenard’s Advanced Government class as a freshman, and then took her psychology courses as a junior and senior.

Dr. Chenard said Virgo quickly stood out in his freshman class.  “He knew all about political issues,” she said. “He was well informed.” 

Dr. Chenard also pushed Mr. Virgo to take AP Government his sophomore year.   “I saw he could do it as a freshman even though he’s on the quiet side,” she said. 

Dr. Chenard says she sees a lot of herself in Virgo.  “He’s quiet, but reflective,” she said.

“She is my favorite teacher,” Mr. Virgo said of Dr. Chenard. “She taught me about psychology, and she has influenced my college career choice.”

Dr. Chenard said this was her first time being STAR teacher, and she’s very honored Mr. Virgo thought of her.  “I’m very flattered,” she said. “I didn’t think I was on the radar for it. But I probably understand him and the way he thinks more than any other teacher. It’s a real joy to teach him. I love doing what I do. I chose the right profession.”

Mr. Virgo and Dr. Chenard were recognized locally at a lunch sponsored by the Rotary Club, and then at a district luncheon at the Rome country club.   “It was pretty cool,” Mr. Virgo said of the luncheon in Rome. “I was comparing myself to them. I thought I was smart, but these people were light-years.”

“I hope he makes a difference in the world,” said Dr. Chenard of Mr. Virgo. “I hope in college he has the confidence to act on his abilities. I hope he makes something of himself.”

Mr. Virgo will attend Georgia Tech in the fall and plans to peruse an area in bioengineering.


GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2017 GOAL Award

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.   Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of study, ... (click for more)

Senator Alexander Gives Statement On Education Department’s Withdrawal Of Proposed Supplement-Not-Supplant Regulation

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Wednesday issued the following statement after the Department of Education withdrew its proposed regulation on Supplement-Not-Supplant: “I am glad the Education Department has listened to Congress and has chosen not to move forward with its proposed 'supplement-not-supplant' regulation. This proposal would have dictated ... (click for more)

School Board Turns Thumbs Down To Proposed Funding Of Central Track

County school board members on Thursday night expressed a number of concerns about a proposed $500,000 new track under consideration for funding by the County Commission at Central High School. The vote was 9-0 to table a motion to accept the money (if offered). Karitsa Mosley-Jones said, "We've got students at schools on a high priority list and you're going to give me a track?" ... (click for more)

School Board Approves 4-Year Contract Extension With Independent Bus Drivers, Who Say They Can Handle 100 Routes; Extension Given On Custodial Contract

The county school board on Thursday night extended the contract by four years of school bus owner operators, who said they could deliver on 100 bus routes. The board delayed until a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Central High School the issue of whether to accept the offer of 100 contract routes. That would be handled by many of the current 49 owner operators taking ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)