Valdosta Daily Times

March 23, 2014

Williams named Valwood’s STAR Student


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Matt Williams is Valwood’s STAR Student for 2014. The 18 year old senior earned the title based on his 2013 SAT scores. Matt attributes his achievement to his work ethic, keen interest in math and science, and his desire to succeed.

Matt selected as his STAR teacher, Valwood Science teacher Joy Owens. “I chose Mrs. Owens because her classes allowed me to learn about the sciences.  It was in her classes that I decided I want to major in chemistry in college, and I am interested in pursuing a career in chemistry. Mrs. Owens is a teacher who can answer any and every question about the complex concepts of AP Chemistry.”

Owens holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Physics from Florida State University. She worked as a chemist at the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Savannah Laboratories in Tallahassee and at SAFT in Valdosta.  Owens began her teaching career in 2001. Since 2004, she has taught a wide variety of science and math classes at Valwood including AP Chemistry, Physics, and AP Environmental Science.

After graduation, Matt will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology where he plans to major in Chemistry. His immediate goals are to remain on the Headmaster’s List for the rest of the semester and to graduate with honors in May.

Matt is a member of the National Honor Society, Lowndes Youth Leadership League and participates in Science Olympiad. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, serves on the Honor Council, and is a Chemistry and Algebra tutor. He is Valwood’s Ambassador for Justice, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at the Honors Camp of Columbus State University and a Volunteer for the Children’s Advocacy Center. He is the Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Club, and plays varsity tennis.