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STAR student has priorities in order

By all accounts, Jeremy Timmerman has always been the student that stood out.

As a precocious eighth grader, he'd sometimes teach his classmates algebra when the teacher was out in the hall. Now in high school, he's the lead in school performances and usually the class clown.

He's also McDuffie County's STAR student, scoring 1490 on his SAT.

That score is impressive by itself, but is far from his most striking quality. In a society that often sees only the bad apples in the teenage bushel, Jeremy again stands out.

Just read his own words: "My faith is a part of everything I do."

And: "I have to base my activities on my family. My life is really packed with activities, but I still make sure I have time for my family."

It is refreshing to see not only a good student recognized for his achievement, but a good person under the spotlight.

Jeremy's success is a testament to his dedication and his teachers -- especially STAR teacher Steve Smith. But most of all, his success is a reflection of his faith and family and a reminder to us all what we can do with our loved ones behind us.

Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004

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