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McDuffie's other STAR: Wilson carries on family tradition with top student honor in Warren County

It must run in the family.

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Wendi Wilson sings during a November performance of In the Woods.

At Thomson High School 35 years ago, Glenn Wilson was named STAR student. Then five years later, Glenn's brother, Epp Wilson, was the STAR student at Briarwood.

And last week, Briarwood announced that Epp's daughter Wendi is this year's STAR student as a result of her 1390 on the SAT. It's a family tradition she is honored to uphold.

"Mama and Daddy are real proud," Wendi said. "I don't know if they're surprised or not, but they're pleased."

Wendi is also a National Merit Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and she plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas next year after receiving a full scholarship there.

She is still unsure of what she wants to major in, but it will probably have to do with her areas of interest such as psychology and business. Wendi is currently in the process of applying to participate in the honors program at UTD.

"They just had a great curriculum and a really nice place, so I'm really excited about it," she said.

For years, Wendi has been involved with equestrian activities in the surrounding area. She currently serves as a Whipper-In for the Belle Meade Hunt.

She is also heavily involved in musical theater and literary competitions at Briarwood. Because of that, she chose music teacher Jeanie Josebury as her STAR teacher.

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STAR Teacher Jeanie Joesbury directs students during a performance last year.

It is the third time Mrs. Josebury has been chosen in her eight years of full-time teaching and the second time in as many years.

"She's an inspiration in a lot of ways," Wendi said about Mrs. Josebury. "Her energy and her attitude toward her students and toward the music program at Briarwood...is inspirational."

Mrs. Josebury, who has taught music to Wendi since she began teaching at Briarwood, is surprised that academic-minded students would choose a music teacher to give the award to.

"It's very touching and a high honor for me because you never know as a teacher what impact you have," she said. "It's incredible to me that she chose me, and I'm very, very honored."

Mrs. Josebury had plenty of compliments for Wendi as well. After Wendi attained several starring roles in Briarwood's musicals over the years, it was clear that Mrs. Josebury had much confidence in her abilities.

"She has a delightful attitude and work ethic," she said. "I think because of her equestrian activities, she has just this incredible idea of what it takes to really work because you know those Belle Meade Hunt people, they don't even know how to rest. ... She'll be able to be successful in any field."



Web posted on Thursday, March 3, 2005











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