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Rowe, Flipovich are Lamar STARs

Abigail Rowe, better known as Abi, was reluctant at first to tell anyone she’d been selected STAR Student at Lamar County Comprehensive High School ‘“ she was ‘afraid that something would change and it wouldn’t be true.’ She comes from a family full of academic achievers: Her brother Nathaniel Rowe, cousins Philip and Natalie Henry, and several aunts and uncles have been STAR students, says Abi’s mom Pamela Rowe. Cousin David Henry was salutatorian at LCCHS in 2010. Pamela says she and Abi’s dad Mike Rowe are ‘just so pleased’ that she’s been honored. ‘She’s worked very hard and has a dual enrollment to take courses at Gordon College.’ Her grandparents are Pamela Henry and the late Dr. George T. Henry, her mom adds. Deciding what to do after graduation is difficult, Abi says. She loves to write, loves history (especially ancient history) and would like to be an archaeologist and find new cultures from the past. Added all together, she says, she may be pursuing anthropology. She has been accepted to Mercer University and an application to the University of Georgia is pending. ’In senior year, there really is no spare time, but I like to be outdoors; it’s a good place to think,’ Abi says. Abi chose Jewel Filipovich, her AP calculus teacher, as her STAR teacher. Filipovich too has a nickname among students, ‘Ms. Flip.’ Abi says Ms. Flip ‘inspires her students to learn more, and gives us a sense of realism, a view of what happens after we leave school.’ Abi credits her STAR teacher with giving her ‘a true understanding and appreciation for math for the first time.’ Filipovich says she is ‘surprised and extremely honored’ to have been chosen as Abi’s STAR teacher.

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