It's been quite a week for Andrew Brown.
Over the span of only a few days, the Briarwood Academy senior learned that he was the recipient of two significant honors -- he's been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist and also been named the 2004 STAR Student for Briarwood Academy and Warren County.
STAR student Andrew Brown and STAR teacher Jeanie Joesbury.
Brown named Jeanie Joesbury, his high school choral director and literary sponsor, as his STAR teacher.
"It has been a great privilege and joy to have had the opportunity to teach Andrew during the past two years," Mrs. Joesbury said.
Andrew said his relative inexperience in theatre didn't make a difference to Mrs. Joesbury.
"I hadn't had the opportunity to participate in chorus or musicals until I came to Briarwood, and Mrs. Joesbury placed me in roles that were above my comfort level. She had faith in me," he said of his STAR teacher. "She gave me self-confidence."
Mrs. Joesbury said that Andrew's natural ability as a leader shone through.
"He has made a valuable contribution to our Fine Arts Department by assuming leadership roles in the boys' Quartet, spring musical, and as a percussionist for many school programs."
Andrew, who transferred to Briarwood during his junior year, has been on the Honor Roll throughout his school career. During his junior year, he received numerous academic awards including the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, the President's Education Award for Academic Excellence, the Presbyterian College Junior Fellow award, the Erskine Fellow award, the Wofford Scholar award, the Woodmen of the World history award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution history award.
Upon graduation from Briarwood, Brown said he will "probably" attend the University of Georgia where he has been invited to participate in the Honors Program. Upon graduation from college, he plans to attend law school.
Mrs. Joesbury said she has enjoyed working with Brown and that he has been most deserving of all his accolades.
"Andrew is highly motivated to do all of his work with an attitude of perfection. This attitude is very contagious with other students and teachers as well," she said. "I am richly honored by the Star Teacher award and appreciate his having chosen me."