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The STARS come out in Smithsburg

Program recognizes academic achievement

May 14, 2010

Smithsburg High School held its 20th anniversary celebration of the STARS program Tuesday.

Susquehanna Bank and the Smithsburg High School Student Government Association sponsored the celebration.

In 1990, Paula and Edward Lampton started the STARS program (Success Through Academic Recognition) at Smithsburg High School.

The Lamptons chose to align the program with the business community because they felt businesses benefited most from having well-educated students.

Each semester, students are recognized for academic achievement. Faculty members choose the students to be honored. Students are selected to be a "Shining Star" or a "Rising Star." Shining stars are students who demonstrate high academic achievement in a given subject. Rising stars are students who have shown the most improvement in a given class.

Approximately 200 students are showcased at each program. Students recognized receive a STARS T-shirt and have their picture placed on the "STARS Wall of Fame," which is in a hallway at the school.

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Special guests who attended the celebration are: Paula Lampton, patron; Karen Bromley, Susquehanna Bank manager; Ruth Anne Callaham, Washington County Board of Education member; Dr. Anton Dahbura, past sponsor; Dr. Jeffrey Toothman, past STARS recipient; Hanna Simane, president of the Smithsburg High School Student Government Association; and Melvin Whitfield, Smithsburg High School principal.

The Smithsburg High School Jazz Band and the Sonix Show Choir performed.

A reception was held in the cafeteria with background music provided by the Smithsburg High School Orchestra.

Special thanks are given to the STARS committee, including Wayne Carter, Paula Lampton, Mary Heizer and Daryl Horst, for planning the event.

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