Star Student and Star Teacher

Star Teacher, Kay Stringfellow and Star Student, Ryan Shotts

Ryan Shotts of Louisville High School was chosen as STAR Student for 2011. Ryan is the son of Charles and Rhonda Shotts. He is a member of First Baptist Church and is very active in the Youth Department. Ryan is a member of Beta Club, 400 Club, FCA, FFA and Spanish Club. He has served on Student Council and is Senior Class Vice President. He is a member of the Cross Country Team, and lettered in Baseball 4 years.

Ryan received the Citizenship and World History Awards in the 10th grade. He received the US History and Math Awards in the 11th grade. Ryan is Valedictorian for the Class of 2011 and is receiving the AP History Award and the Forestry Award.

Ryan chose Mrs. Kay Stringfellow as his Star Teacher.

Mrs. Stringfellow has been teaching for 33 years. She taught English at Neshoba Central and music at Nanih Waiya before coming to Louisville, where she has taught Spanish for the past 31 years.

Mrs. Stringfellow earned her Bachelor of Arts from Belhaven University and her Master of Arts in Spanish from Mississippi State University. She was honored in 1999 as Louisville High School Teacher of the Year and also as District Teacher of the Year. She has been recognized several years in Who's Who of American Teachers.

Along with teaching, Kay enjoys playing the piano, reading, journaling, baking and visiting with her children. She is the mother of Jonathan Stringfellow of Weatherford, Texas, and Brittany Stringfellow Lishia of Fort Worth, Texas. She has one grand-daughter, BreAna Mykell Stringfellow, who is 7 years old and finishing 1st grade in Weatherford.

Mrs. Stringfellow's favorite quote is from an unknown author who wrote "What Matters". "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child."




STAR Students are seniors with the highest ACT scores (minimum 25) and scholastic averages (minimum 93) in their high schools. They are chosen from more than 300 public, private, and parochial schools.



    Recognition as a STAR Teacher is a unique honor because there are no tests, rankings. or other measurements. The honor is bestowed by the STAR Student.

    Each STAR Student selects one outstanding teacher whose influence has helped that graduating senior achieve academic excellence. The STAR Teacher designation is recognition of the distinctive role that teachers play in the lives of students.

    The STAR Teacher Hall of Fame is reserved for teachers who have been chosen STAR Teacher at least 10 times.

    The STAR program is 44 years old. The Hall of Fame was established in 1985 through contributions by First Mississippi Corporation, which through its successor - ChemFirst Inc.- has sponsored the awards annually since that time.

    This year, three classroom teachers have qualified for Hall of Fame induction, bringing to 63 the number of outstanding teachers who have reached this teaching milestone.

    The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees will receive a special award made possible through the generosity of the ChemFirst/First Mississippi Corporation Charitable Endowment Fund.