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Korb, Roberts are STARs

By Rachel McDaniel Although she remains humble about her numerous academic achievements, Tempe Korb is being celebrated as the 2016 STAR student for Lamar County High School. She scored a 2000 on her SAT and is receiving Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program as well as honors from the board of education and the Kiwanis Club. She will be honored at the Community Awards banquet Jan. 28. ’I’d like to congratulate Tempe Korb for earning the recognition of STAR student and Mr. Kenny Roberts for being her choice for STAR teacher,’ said LCHS principal Matt Adams. ’Both of these individuals are certainly deserving of this high honor and represent our mission of ‘˜learning today to succeed tomorrow.” Although she has been dualenrolled and primarily attending Gordon College, she selected Roberts as her STAR teacher after taking his Honors Government and Geography class in her sophomore year. ’Lamar County has a lot of great teachers. Mr. Roberts always does his best to respect students while still maintaining control of the classroom. He tries to have a connection with every single student, and that can be really hard to do because there is such a diversity of students,’ she said. ‘Coach Roberts made each lesson really interactive and fun, too.’ Roberts has taught at LCHS for five years and became the CTAE director for the school system at the beginning of this school year. It is the first time he has been selected as a STAR teacher. ’Tempe’s sincerity and maturity as a person and student really stood out as a tenth grader,’ he said. ‘For teachers, the reason we love what we do is investing in young people’s lives, and a part of the joy of being a teacher is hearing from the students how we impacted their lives. We try to be a blessing to students.’ She hopes to attend UGA and major in biology after graduation, although she’s not entirely settled on which career field to pursue. She took the SAT three times, and encourages other students to give it more than one try to get their top score. She took the SAT each time at LCHS because it was less stressful than driving to another school. ’I’d tell students to take the SAT as many times as you can because your score can depend on a lot of factors – the type of test, what day you take it or even the mood you are in,’ she said. ‘You can study all you want but the best way to succeed at the SAT is to work hard all the time in all your classes. It’s not really a test you can study for the night before the test.’ Tempe is the daughter of local veterinarians Drs. Pam and Mark Korb and sister of Tanner and Chance Korb. Her maternal grandparents are Gene Hinton Sr. and Mary Hinton of Bay Minette, Ala. and her paternal grandparents are Frank and Nancy Korb and Diane and the late Murray Wallace, all of Lexington, Ky. The STAR program has been around since 1958 and to obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT through November of their senior year. They must also be in the top 10 percent of their class based on grade point average. High school STAR students can compete for system titles and system STAR students can compete for region-wide honors. ’The thing about being honored as STAR student is that her selection is not based on a vote but her hard work in the classroom as well as her performance on the SAT. She earned it,’ said Roberts. ‘To be chosen as STAR teacher by someone of such high character and caliber as Tempe, is very special.’

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