302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470

Poplarville High School STAR Student & STAR Teacher Announced

PHS senior Christopher Castaneda was named STAR student for his 32 on the ACT. Chris selected Mrs. Erin Gipson as his STAR Teacher recognizing her as the teacher who most impacted his high school career.

Chris plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where he will study Biochemistry. Chris is a 4 year member of the PHS Marching and Concert Bands. He holds a 4.13 grade point average and is currently ranked 2nd in his class.

Mrs. Gipson teaches English Composition I, Accelerated English 1, and English 1 at PHS. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a bachelors in English and masters in English Literature. Mrs. Gipson is currently in her 2nd year of teaching at PHS.

The Star Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program recognizes high school seniors in Mississippi who earn the highest ACT score in their school. The STAR student then selects his STAR teacher.

Chris and Mrs. Gipson will be honored during a luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council and the M.B. Swayze Foundation recognizing all of the STAR students and teachers in the state in April.

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The Poplarville School District offers educational/vocational opportunities on a nondiscriminatory basis in compliance with the requirements of the following federal civil rights legislation: Title VI, Title IX, the Vocational Amendments of 1976 and 1979, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act. Further, the Poplarville School District offers equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, or disability. The district’s contact coordinator for compliance with these requirements is Stachia Peterson, Title IX Coordinator and 504 Coordinator 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470, Phone (601) 795-6153.

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