A Wilson family tradition continues to shine in the classroom.
Chase Wilson, a senior at Briarwood Academy, just became the fourth in his family to be named a STAR student.
In 1970, Chase's uncle, Glenn Wilson, was the STAR student at Thomson High School. His father, Epp Wilson, was STAR student at Briarwood in 1975, as was his sister, Wendi, in 2005.
"I knew I would catch a lot of grief from Wendi if I didn't make it," Chase said with a laugh.
Chase scored a 2210 out of a possible 2400 on the SAT, with a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of the test. In a family interview, Wendi and Glenn admitted doing better on the English portion of the test, while Epp and Chase are the mathematicians of the family.
"Math just makes more sense," Epp said. "The answer is either right or wrong, sort of like being pregnant, either you are or you're not."
The Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition award is given to the student who scored the highest grade in the school on the Scholastic Assessment Test college entrance exam while remaining in the top 10 percent.
In the STAR program, each STAR student selects a teacher whom they feel has been their biggest influence to be their STAR teacher. Chase chose Josh Morey, his chemistry and physics teacher.
"He's a good teacher. He helped better my understanding of scientific things in relation to math," Chase said.
Chase said Mr. Morey "helped me get ready for the college level, I think because he has been there so recently himself." Mr. Morey graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2005.
"It's a great honor to be chosen by Chase," Mr. Morey said. "He's one of the smartest people I've ever been around. He's making perfect on portions of the SAT, and he's a great athlete. That's a rare package. He excels in every field at Briarwood, and that's a star."
Chase said he plans to major in engineering at either the University of Alabama or Clemson University, "somewhere that I can get sweet tea."
The son of Epp and Sharon Wilson, Chase is a member of the Briarwood Chorus, the National Honor Society and a guard for the Briarwood Bucs football team. He is also an Eagle Scout in Troop 125 of the Boy Scouts of America.
"(Chase and Wendi) are as perfect teenagers as they come," Epp said proudly. "If we'd had a third, it would probably have been an ax murderer or something like that. But these two are treasures and pleasures."
Chase and Mr. Morey will be recognized at a banquet on March 29 as the Warren County STAR student/teacher and will vie for the Area 7 STAR title, which includes a 13-county region.