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St. Joe’s Franco Frascogna named

STAR student for 2017-2018 

MADISON (Friday, March 23, 2018) – St. Joseph Catholic School senior Franco Frascogna has been named a STAR Student for the 2017-2018 school year by award sponsor, Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation.

Frascogna, in turn, named Mr. Chance Theriot as STAR teacher – the educator who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Theriot teaches AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Physics II and AP Calculus.

“We are so proud of Franco and his academic accomplishments,” said Principal Dena Kinsey. “He is a model student who works hard and gives everything he does at St. Joe a full 100 percent or more effort.”

Frascogna will be honored at the annual Education Celebration on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by several businesses that include AT & T, BancorpSouth and Entergy Mississippi.

STAR, an acronym for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, selects students on the basis of academic excellence. Both the American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine a school’s STAR student.

More than 500 STAR students and STAR teachers will be recognized at the event. The top 20 STAR students will receive scholarships and their STAR teachers will receive awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Charitable foundation.

The highlight of the event will be the naming of the Mississippi All-Star scholar for 2017-2018, who will receive the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation Scholarship.

“The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” said Vicki Powell, the senior vice president of the MEC’s M.B. Swayze Foundation.

Frascogna, 18, hasn’t decided on a college for this fall. But, he said, he plans to study physics and work toward a career conducting research in quantum physics. He chose Theriot as the STAR teacher after taking his Calculus, Physics and Chemistry classes.

“With some of the colleges I am applying to, all of the students are on the caliber of a STAR student,” Frascogna said. “I think it’s a really great award because it is representative of the hard work I have put in.”


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