Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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April 2, 2012

Nancy Young: Ellaville —Schley Scene

ELLAVILLE — Schley County’s STAR Student, Teacher honored

On March 22 Schley County Family Connections honored Schley County High School’s STAR Student and STAR Teacher at the monthly meeting of the Schley County Family Connection. A luncheon was served to all members and guests.

The STAR Student, Hampton Sprott, and STAR Teacher Carey Wooten were introduced by John T. Greene.

Hampton spoke first. He said that he appreciated the Family Connection inviting him to come. He also said what Mrs. Wooten meant to him and how he had learned so much under Mrs. Wooten, and especially in her literature classes. He loves to read literature and it was special to him.

Hamp will be attending the University of Georgia this fall and he is majoring in engineering.

Mrs. Wooten said that she had taught Hamp when he was in the  ninth grade in English. She said that she knew early that Hamp was very smart. He was an avid reader then and now, which makes an excellent student, a student that has an edge over students who see reading as a chore, a student who achieves more and makes higher grades, a student with a love of reading develops curiosity about information studied in school along with curiosity about the world around us and yearns to know more. A curious student is a gift to any teacher.

Mrs. Wooten said that Hamp had been this kind of a student for her , and, like any smart, curious student, Hamp challenged her, questioned her — never without the utmost respect, of course — but he pushed her to be a better teacher.

“This year as a senior he has questioned me even more. Like a lot of seniors, he has realized that we adults don't know everything.”

She says and there are moments they think we don't know much at all, but Hamp would never say or even suggest that . He has been "raised right.” He has good manners. He has the unusual combination of high intellect and high regard for others.

Mrs. Wooten said, “I fully expect him to do and be something wonderful as an adult.”

She says that she can't wait to see what and who he becomes.

She thanked the Family Connection for honoring Hamp and said he is very deserving of this recognition.

Hamp had taken another SAT,  just hoping he can score even higher.

Elaine Gillispie, who is with Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr.’s office, presented the STAR  Student and STAR  Teacher with a plaque of Congressional recognition "In recognition of outstanding -achievement service and Public Distinction.”

Those that attended this special event involving the STAR Student and STAR Teacher were Hamp's parents, Kevin and Angela Sprott, and Randi Vaughn, who is with the school system.

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