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Roberson & Martin STAR selections

Wesson High School (WHS) senior Ashton Roberson and Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) teacher Rod Martin are WAC 2020 STAR student and teacher.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors graduating high school students for academic performance and the teachers they select as exemplary. In Mississippi, the Mississippi Economic Council provides the program leadership with sponsors from the business and educational communities. This year, selection of STAR students was based on their ACT college entrance examination scores.

Roberson is the son of Joey and Barbie Roberson and Leigh Hartsook. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Summit, Mississippi. He played football, has been a French horn player in the WHS Mighty Cobra Band, and participated in Academic Team competition. Roberson is a member of the Senior Beta Club and takes classes at Co-Lin as a dual enrolled student. His classmates voted him Most Likely to Succeed and he was selected as Senior Most Handsome. He is in the Platinum ACT Club. Roberson is graduating with High Honors and has a full scholarship to Mississippi State University. He will begin his studies in engineering in the fall with early admissions to the Bagley College of Engineering.

Rod Martin, Roberson's choice for STAR Teacher, called him "an exceptional student with a bright future.”

Martin has been teaching for the past 23 years. For sixteen of those years, he has taught at Wesson Attendance Center. With primary certifications in English and history, Martin has taught in grades seven through twelve at the school. In addition, he has served as the coach for the Wesson tennis team for eight years and has sponsored the academic team for all 16 years.

Martin's proudest honor as a teacher, he says, are his five selections as a STAR Teacher by students at Wesson -- an honor he designates as the highest a teacher can receive. "Wesson has so many outstanding educators who equally deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to helping their students learn, so to be chosen from among those worthy ranks by a student of the highest caliber is really something special and never to be taken lightly," he points out. "Students as intellectually and musically gifted as Ashton are exceedingly rare and a joy to teach, so I am absolutely humbled to have been his choice for STAR Teacher. He is an amazing young man with incredible potential and a terrific support system in place, so we all expect great things from him in the future as well."

Martin is married to the former Penny King, also a teacher at WAC. He resides in the Strong Hope community, is the father of Jessa Martin Greer (24) and Noah Martin (21). He is an active member of Strong Hope Baptist Church, where he serves as video/presentation coordinator and pastoral sidekick.

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