Laurel High announces STAR Student, Teacher
Due to her outstanding score on the ACT, Laurel High School senior Alexandria Seals was named STAR Student. Throughout her senior year, Seals was recognized for her outstanding educational achievements and her dedication to school and community.
Seals plans to attend the Honors College at the University of Mississippi where she will major in accounting and managerial finance. She plans to pursue a master’s degree and become a Certified Public Accountant.
She has received numerous scholarships to Ole Miss including the Bledsoe Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, Patterson School of Accounting Scholarship, and was accepted into the Center for Manufacturing Excellence and Ole Miss Women’s Council.
While at Laurel High School, she was a member of the Color Guard, Beta Club, Academic Team, Archery Team, Key Club and Student Council. She was an Advance Placement student and named Academic Team Most Valuable Player.
With the honor of being named STAR Student, she was allowed to choose a teacher who had contributed to her academic success, and for Seals that teacher was Kristen Walters. A National Board Certified Teacher, Walters is in her eleventh year with the Laurel School District and currently teaches Dual Credit English 101 and 102 at Laurel High School as an adjunct professor through William Carey University. She also teaches Accelerated English II and coaches archery.
“Alexandria Seals is one of the most intelligent students I've had the pleasure of teaching in my eleven years at Laurel,” Walters said. “She has a natural empathy with the writers we read and therefore has a deeper understanding of the texts. Alexandria is the only student that I know of during my time here to have become AP Scholar, gaining college credit for three AP exams. Besides her natural academic intelligence, Alexandria is a sweet girl who is a natural storyteller. Her stories about the things that have happened in her life always make me and her classmates laugh, and we have great conversations about food.”
Seals and Walters were honored by the Mississippi Economic Council at a reception in Jackson.