Jenna Hart and Angela Trigg: STAR Student & Teacher

Each year, a graduating senior is chosen to represent Hartfield Academy as a STAR Student. This is a great honor bestowed upon a senior who exemplifies academic excellence as well as personal integrity and leadership. Jenna also had the opportunity to select a STAR teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to her scholastic achievement. She chose Middle School Principal and Robotics instructor, Angela Trigg. Both individuals are exemplary members of the Hartfield Academy community, and we are proud to have them represent our school.
Jenna Hart has been named the STAR Student for the 2021-2022 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. Established by the Mississippi Economic Council in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration. 

Jenna will be acknowledged among the over 600 STAR Students and STAR Teachers recognized for their academic achievements from MEC's M.B. Swayze Foundation at the Celebration on April 14th, 2022. The top 20 STAR Students -The ALL-STAR Scholars - will receive scholarships and their STAR Teachers will receive awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi ALL-STAR Scholar for the 2021-2022 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation Scholarship. 

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student. The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors. Jenna's reflection upon this honor is truly emblematic of her hard work during her high school years. She shared, “being a STAR student is the reward for the culmination of endless hours of hard work and determination." Jenna is incredibly thankful for the honor and Hartfield, as it plays an important role in Jenna's academic excellence. When asked about her favorite part of being a student at Hartfield she shared, "the connection that students can have with the teachers. The teachers truly want to see you grow and excel in school, and, due to the small class size, it is easy to connect with the teachers."

"Jenna is compassionate and level-headed in everything she does.  She is very smart and driven to succeed in everything she sets her mind on. She really shows how to juggle hard courses, academic competitions, robotics, and extracurricular activities with grace and patience.  She definitely deserves the recognition of STAR student!" said Angela Trigg. With these words, it is easy to see why Jenna and Angela both deserve the high honor of STAR student and teacher!

In addition to this honor, each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Angela Trigg was chosen as this year's STAR Teacher. Mrs. Trigg has been a part of Hartfield for the last seven years. She has served many roles including a teacher of AP Physics, Physical Science, AP Calculus, and College Algebra. She has also served as Science Department Chair, Director of Instructional Technology, and Assistant Principal for the Middle School. Angela Trigg is among the many hardworking administrators we have at Hartfield. In her 15th year as an educator, she recently received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

"I have been on the robotics team since seventh grade, and Mrs. Trigg, the coach of the team, was the person that convinced me to join. She has guided me all throughout high school and has helped me grow in confidence and as a person in general," said Jenna Hart, when asked about her STAR Teacher designation. But Jenna was not the only one with kind words to say. When asked what being named a STAR Teacher by Jenna meant she responded by saying "I am so proud of the young lady Jenna has become and it has been a privilege to be her teacher and robotics coach for the past six years. I can't wait to see how God continues to work in her life as she moves on to college and beyond.  I have seen her overcome so many challenges and she is an inspiration to me in how she never backs down from a challenge and always does her best.  I can't think of a better award to receive as a teacher than being named STAR teacher by someone as special and gifted as Jenna".

As a teacher, administrator, or school leader, the goal is to build relationships with students. When those leaders inspire a student to learn and love to understand, it is an incredible reward. In those positions, recognition does not always come in showy ways. That is why we want to highlight this honor! Congratulations, Jenna and Mrs. Trigg!
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