First Presbyterian Day School honors senior Ru Yi Marone as the 2015 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 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. Marone selected Tami Tesch-Jerles, FPD Physics Teacher and Robotics Adviser, as the STAR Teacher.

“Mrs. Tesch-Jerles is always willing to go out of her way to help us. Last year I had her as a teacher, and she would often discuss concepts or problems with me after class,” said Ru Yi. “She has helped me develop outside the classroom in robotics, and inside the classroom as a physics student. Robotics has often been the best part of my year.”

Tesch-Jerles was honored by the nomination.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for the blessings of this job environment and the students and families that make up the FPD community,” said Tesch-Jerles. She also had nothing but high remarks for Ru Yi. “The last four years Ru Yi has grown increasingly crucial to the success of our HS Robotics program,” she noted. “He inspires others by his work ethic and attention to excellence and details. He made me want to be a better teacher when I had him in AP Physics last year, and he makes me want to be a better coach in Robotics. I just think he’s a great young man!”