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Page 2A Reporter February21,2018 By Diane Glidewell The 2018 STAR stu- dent for Mary Persons is Madeline Copeland~ a vivacious young lady who balances extraordinary academic achievement with enthusiastic involve- ment in community ser- vice and competition. By being focused, organized and unfazed by hard work, she packs her days with activities and expresses no feeling of being burdened by doing so. Copeland chose social studios teacher Martin Magda as her STAR teacher. She spent much of her Mary Persons day with Magda last year,; she has taken his Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, WorldArea Studies (current events) and Individual and the Law classes. She said she was inspired by Magda's law class to consider studying law after she earns her .undergraduate degree. She was fasci- nated by the structure of the judicial system and the wide range of career choices available with a law degree. 'WIary Persons has an amazing social studies department; it was diffi- cult to choose one teacher,'; said Copeland. ' Ylr. Magda has an amazing teaching style. He teaches as if he is telling a story, making the material per- sonal." Magda is in his 18th year of teaching. He was recently recognized at the state Beta Club conven- tion, along with media spe- cialist Lauri English, for being advisor to the Mary Persons Beta Club for the last 15 years. He has been selected STAR teacher sev- eral times over the years but says he has not kept track of how many. my eighteen years here at Mary Persons, she is one of the most intense, focused, and determined individu- als that it has been my privilege to teach," said Magda when asked to comment on Copeland. "Ib say she is highly intel- ligent would be superflu- ous in any description of Madeline. Her desire for a sophisticated understand- ing of everything has kept me endlessly impressed during the time I have got- ten to know her. Through her hard work in and out of the classroom and her good heart that she dem- onstrates in her daily life, she has earned the respect of her peers and the fac- ulty at MPHS, to say noth- ing of myself." Copeland is the daugh- ter of Clay and Charlotte Copeland of Forsyth. She has two sisters, Gracie, who is a freshman at Mary Persons, and Claire, a fifth grader at K.B. Sutton Elementary. Her mother, who teaches fourth grade, is the 2018 Teacher of the Year at K.B. Sutton. Copeland will attend the University of Georgia next year, earn a degree in busi- ness and then move on to law school. She has been in the business pathway at Mary Persons since she was a freshman and is vice president of FBL 'Wiy dream has always been to go to Georgia," she said. "And working hard in school was the best way to get there." Copeland will start UGA as almost a sopho- more, with four or five college credits from AP classes and eight credits Adult Guardianships& Special Needs Trusts Ensuring Benefits and a Beautiful Life for People with Special Needs If your loved one Receives/will need Medicaid, SSI, or both Cannot advocate effectively for themselves . Has complex care needs Has a mental illness or disability Lives in a group home or other supported environment Then Special Needs planning is for you. To learn more, attend our Guardianship Seminar: March 1, 2018 at 5:45 pm Madeline Copeland, Mary Persons' 2018 STAR student, surprised Martin Magda on Feb. 14 with the announcement that he is her choice for STAR teacher. Pictured, left to right, are Madline's father, Clay Copeland; her mother, Charlotte Copeland; Madeline, Magda, and Mary Persons'counselor Tasha Burston. earned through the dualkeep secret." to scratch completed items enrollment program. She In addition to FBLA, off her list. But she added attended Gordon College Copeland is president of that she has to work hard through dual enrollment student council, is active even if she organizes well. her sophomore and junior in Best Buddies Club and 'ff spend a lot of late years and is attending Rotary Interact Club and nights and early mornings Middle Georgia'State is on the Mary Personsstudying," she said. College this year. Since she academic team. She is in Forsyth-Monree County meets grade point average her fourth season playing Chamber of Commerce and other requirements, tennis for Mary Persons. is the local sponsor of the her 1410 SAT score has And for the last year she STAR (Student Teacher netted her the state's Zell has worked in the retail Achievement Recognition) Miller scholarship, which store at Dickey Farms in program, and Jennifer will pay regular tuition at Musella, where she enjoys Mason, Chamber program UGA as long as she main- meeting and helping cus- coordinator, announced tains grades, tomers and hearing plans this year's honorees on Copeland studied to for the Strawberry Patch. Feb. 14 and presented improve her SAT score One of her favorite certificates to them. The after she took it the first community activities is program is sponsored time and was a few points working with the Anchor at the state level by the away from 1400. She of Hope Foundation in Professional Association set 1400 as her goal and its Autism Awareness of Georgia Educators began taking the full SAT Festival and Parents (PAGE). It began in 1958 practice test every week. Night Out, a monthly and has recognized nearly She said the preparation evening when volunteers 26,500 outstanding stu- was helpful, especially in provide activitios for chil- dents and teachers over teaching her how to man- dren with developmental the last 60 years. age her time while taking difficulties. She said she is STAR students are the test. As a result, she usually exhausted by the seniors with the high- not only exceeded her goal end of the evening, est SAT score on a single when she took the test '4 always end up having test date; they must be in October but also didn't fun," she said. "It's deft- in the top 10 percent of struggle to finish all the nitely worth it." their class based on grade sections of the test. She givos her father point average to qualify Copeland learned in credit for teaching her how for nomination. Students December that she was to balance clubs, tennis, a choose a teacher who has Mary Persons :STAR stu- job, community and family influenced their academic dent, but she sworn to activities and studying. He achievement. District win- secrecy (not anyone taught her how to priori- ners compete for region but her parents)!until Feb. tize and encouraged her honors, and a state STAR 14. ! to make lists of things she student and teacher are means a lot to me,"needed to do. Copelandnamed from the region she said. was hard to said she finds it satisfying winners. Kick off the 2 18 Forsythia Festival nesses, and annual festival by saying with the Hello Yellow celebration at Hello, Yellow for the spring season! Dairy Queen, 200 N. Lee Street in The 2018 kick-offis sponsored by Forsyth, from 9 am-noon, Saturday, Feb. Navicent Health. This year's festi- 24. Get your car painted and gear up to val presenting sponsor is Volume paint the town yellow. Forsythia Chevrolet Buick. Additional Festival t-shirts will be on sale ponsors include the following:. Be sure to get your free Ambrose Pediatric Dentistry, Hello Yellow button to wear AT&T, Central Georgia EMC, the weeks prior to the fes- Central Georgia Family tival. The festival will have Medicine, Flowers By Helen, a Forsythia Festival prize Forsyth CableNet, Forsyth patrol on the lookout for people CVB, Georgia Power Co wearing the buttons. If the prize M&W Heating and patrol catches you out wearing your Air, Navicent Hcalth Persons button, you will get a special prize. A Ba:fldng Company, Robins Financial pancake breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Credit Union, Tolbert and Associates, while the yellow festivities kickoff. Come Z93.7, Cumulus Media, City of Forsyth out and support your community, busi- and The Monroe County Reporter. MOPS of Macon/Forsyth Sp~&Summer Children's Consignment Fundraiser ,Friday March 2.9AM-9PM. S 0 AM with a $3 donation to Anchor of Hope S ay March 3 - 8AM - 1PM *Half price ONLYon items marked"REDUCED"*