Beth Burnsed
First Presbyterian Day School
Communications Director

FPD Honors STAR Student & STAR Teacher

First Presbyterian Day School honors senior William Roddenberry as the 2014 STAR Student. The STAR Student award is bestowed on the Senior who has the highest score on the three-part SAT on one test date taken through November of the their Senior year. He or she must also be in the top ten percent of their class based on grade point average.

The STAR Student has the privilege of choosing the STAR Teacher. Roddenberry selected Jonathan Baker, FPD High School Band Director, as the STAR Teacher.

“I chose Mr. Baker as my STAR teacher because he helped me learn to be passionate about something and set goals through music,” said Roddenberry. “I feel like this is one of the most important things I learned in high school as it will help me in all parts of life no matter what I decide to do.”

STAR Teacher, Jonathan Baker, was honored by the nomination.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected as the STAR Teacher for the 2013-2014 school year,” said Baker. “William is extremely diligent, hard-working and talented; he also nurtures the gifts he has been blessed with.  He does not rely on his talent, but he invests richly in everything that he takes on to the highest level possible.  He is one incredible young man.”

In addition to receiving the STAR Student award, Roddenberry is also a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction. He is the captain of the FPD robotics team and a member of cross country and track teams, concert band, jazz band, marching band, math team, men’s quartet, and national honor society. He represents the school well in the community as a part of the Macon Youth Symphony Orchestra, All State Orchestra and Jazz Band, and is heavily involved with community service as part of Campus Clubs. He served as class treasurer his Junior year and was recently selected as a Golden Eagle nominee in technology. Roddenberry received acceptance to Georgia Tech and MIT this fall, but has yet to make his final decision.