Keskin named HCHS and Habersham County STAR Student

Habersham Central High School 2021 STAR Student Ege Keskin and STAR Teacher Angie Nunnally were recently recognized by the Habersham Rotary Club. Pictured are, left to right, Habersham County School Superintendent Matthew Cooper, Habersham Chamber of Commerce representative Myra Chandler, Keskin, Nunnally, Rotary President Philip Smith, and HCHS Principal Jonathan Stribling.

Ege Keskin, a senior at Habersham Central High School and the school’s STAR Student, was named Habersham County’s STAR Student by the Chamber of Commerce at Thursday’s Rotary program. The STAR Program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and is designed to recognize high school seniors who attain the highest SAT score among their senior class while also being in the top 10% (or top 10) by class rank.

The system winner is the student who attains the highest score among students from Habersham Central High School and Tallulah Falls School.

Keskin chose his former AP Macroeconomics and Youth Leadership teacher, Angie Nunnally, as his STAR teacher. Keskin spoke about Nunnally’s efforts to adjust her teaching to reach all of her students whether they needed an extra challenge or a different approach. Nunnally talked about the many times she would see Keskin tutoring his classmates and his efforts to always help others.

Ege Keskin and his mother, Gulnur Pendaz, who teaches Honors/AP Chemistry and Physics at HCHS.

Born in Turkey, Keskin and his mother moved to Habersham County from Louisiana as he entered the ninth grade when his mother, Gulnur Pendaz, accepted a teaching position in the high school science department. While at Habersham Central, Keskin has been an active member of Mu Alpha Theta and the Academic Bowl Team. He was a state finalist for the 2020 Governor’s Honors Program in the area of mathematics and has served on the State School Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council this year. He was recently named salutatorian of the Class of 2021.

Keskin is deciding between Washington University in St. Louis and Georgia Tech and plans to major in mathematics or computer science.

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