Weeks, Brett are STARs
By Megan Johnson
STAR students in Jefferson County were recently announced for Jefferson County High School and Thomas Jefferson Academy. During the annual banquet, on Feb.24, these outstanding students were recognized. The banquet was sponsored by Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
The STAR Student for JCHS is Zebulon Weeks and for TJA is Foster Brett. Weeks was also chosen as the Jefferson County STAR student.
Weeks is a resident of Wrens, the son of Miller and Renee Weeks. He picked math teacher Brenda Reagan, who teaches at JCHS, as his STAR Teacher.
“I chose Mrs. Reagan because she personally invests herself in each one of her students. It is her goal and main priority to make sure that all of the students not only pass, but exceed. I picked her not only for the impact she had on me, but also for the impact she had on all of her students,” Weeks said.
Brett is a resident of Bartow, the son of Robby and Beth Brett. He picked Lisa Johnson, who teaches at TJA, as his STAR Teacher.
“I chose Mrs. Johnson because she is a great teacher who knows how to get everyone to do their absolute best. She just has a way of making class enjoyable, and I have found that if you enjoy something, you will work much harder at whatever your enjoyment is,” Brett said.
Both students cited their parents and teachers as influences in becoming STAR Student.
Weeks said he was heavily influenced by his parents.
“They were always telling me to ‘Do my best’ as I got out of the car to go to school or, ‘It’s okay as long as you did your best,’ whenever I didn’t win the spelling bee or the soccer game,” he said.
“Great teachers and my hard work got me to this point in my life, along with some encouragement from my parents,” Brett said. “My parents always encouraged me to take the SAT even when I really didn’t want to, and my teachers prepared me very well for the SAT.”
Brett played football and basketball his high school career. He played baseball his sophomore year and golf his junior year.
At school he is a part of the Key Club, Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Out of school I participate in my church’s youth group and serve the community in various ways through the church,” Brett said.
Brett plans to attend the University of Georgia and pursue a degree in agribusiness.
Weeks played tennis his freshman year at JCHS. He is the treasurer of the Middle Georgia State College Science Club and an active member of the MGSC Math Club.
He plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall.
“Outside of school I have often participated in plays with the Bartow Schoolhouse Players,” Weeks said.
Each student ended in thanking everyone that has had an impact on their life.
“I just want to thank everyone who has helped me get where I am today, because I wouldn’t be here without them,” Weeks said.
“I would just like to say I am very thankful for my parents giving me all the opportunities I have been given. I also would like to thank all my teachers for preparing me for the SAT as well as college and for encouraging me along the way,” Brett said.