Each year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education partner to present the PAGE STAR
(Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program.
The program “honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.” It requires that student nominees achieve the top SAT score on a single test date and be in the top 10 percent of their class. STAR Students then choose a STAR Teacher who has inspired them to strive for excellence.
This year, senior Prashanth Kumar was named Pace Academy’s STAR Student and won the STAR School System title; he now advances to the region-wide competition for a chance to compete for PAGE STAR scholarships and awards at the state level. Kumar selected Upper School Science Department Chair Dr. John Pearson as his STAR Teacher.
A Pace “Lifer,” Kumar has excelled in every arena during his high-school career. He captains the Math Team, leads the school’s Knight Capital investment club, participates on the chess team, is an admissions ambassador and a peer tutor, and serves as a captain of the varsity tennis team, which advanced to the 2015 and 2016 GHSA state finals. Kumar is also president of the Class of 2017 and served as student body secretary his junior year.
Kumar, a committed community servant, was selected to Atlanta INtown’s 2016 “20 Under 20” list, which recognizes students who strive to make a difference in the world around them. He volunteers at the Alpharetta Tamil School and has spent several summers in India working with the Galaxy Hospitals and Kidney Care Center.
A National Merit Semifinalist and a recipient of Pace Academy’s Sanford and Barbara Orkin Scholarship, Kumar was awarded Pace’s 2016 Alumni Scholar Award, the highest honor given to a junior student.