VALDOSTA -- Valdosta High School senior Andre Asbury hopes he will be named Georgia's brightest STAR for 2003 at 9:15 p.m. tonight at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

Asbury, Valdosta High's STAR student, along with Gnann Moser, his STAR teacher, will represent the school system and all of District 10 at the state level.

School systems in District 10 are Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Telfair, Tift, Turner and Valdosta City.

Selecting Georgia's STAR student for 2003 will be a difficult task for the judging panel this year. Twenty-four students will be competing, 17 of whom scored a perfect 1600 on their Scholastic Assessment Test.

Asbury, the 17-year-old son of Frank and Rosie Asbury, dreamed of being named STAR student since his freshman year of high school. He is a member of Valdosta High's baseball team, math team, Science Club and Beta Club, just to name a few. He plans to attend either Georgia Institute of Technology or California Institute of Technology and pursue his growing interest in computers.

Asbury selected Moser, an English teacher, as his STAR teacher. He said she challenged him to succeed in his least favorite subject, British literature.

At the district competition, Asbury was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Cecil B. Day Foundation and a plaque from the Professional Association of Georgia Educator's Foundation Inc. Moser was awarded $300 cash and a plaque, both from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation Inc.

The purpose of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program is to recognize academic achievement in Georgia's high school, to stimulate interest in scholarship among high school students, to honor teaching, and to promote teaching careers.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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