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Greene sets sights on State and computer science degree

In one week Chris Greene will walk across the stage and receive his high school diploma.

While this will mark a milestone for Greene, another achievement the senior has received is being named Warren Central High School’s STAR Student for the class of 2019.

“I was ecstatic and honored when I was notified that I earned Star Student. My mind was going 100 mph, but I can remember thinking of how proud my family was going to be,” Greene said.

The STAR Student program is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Foundation and recognizes the senior in each graduating class with the highest ACT.

To be eligible, students must score at least a 25 on the ACT and hold a cumulative average of 93 in core classes through the first semester of their senior year.

Greene scored a 31 on the ACT and has a 4.0 GPA.

“Much hard work has been put into achieving this honor,” Greene said.

“I took the ACT 10 times,” he said, starting in the seventh grade.

And he said he took practice ACT tests after each attempt to help increase his total score.

“I would break each section down (of the test) and focus in on my weaknesses. I would try different strategies on each one until I could find one that worked best for me,” he said.

In addition to excelling in school, Greene is also an athlete at the school, playing football and basketball and is involved in several of the school, sponsored clubs including Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, and he is on the student council.

He is also a Red Cord Community Service Participant and serves as the president of G.I.V.E. (Gentlemen of Intelligence, Valor, and Excellence.)

“This year became extremely hard with me having to balance school, sports, and work, but good time management helped me push through it all,” Greene said.

He said support from his parents, was also key in his success.

“My parents have always pushed me to give my best in everything that I do,” he said, “Therefore I put my faith in hard work and let everything else fall where it may.”

Greene chose Eleanor Phillips as his STAR Teacher.

“I chose Mrs. Phillips because she is not only a great instructor, but she is a beacon of light at Warren Central. Mrs. Phillips has patience and care like no other. She puts us in positions to succeed in everything we do. She also has special sound effects that will keep anyone engaged in the lesson,” Greene said.

Phillips, who has known Green since he was a sophomore and has taught him algebra II and AP calculus, while also working with him as a sponsor in Mu Alpha Theta, said, “To be chosen as a STAR Teacher is one of the biggest honors you can receive.”

“Chris is an outstanding student across the board and when a great student chooses me, it is just the highest honor I can think of,” Phillips said.

“Chris is a gentleman, a great athlete and his character is just phenomenal. He is a leader and a great role model to all the students,” she said, adding, “He will be missed by the entire faculty at WCHS.”

Greene plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall and study computer science.

“It only takes one good teacher to be that spark in a student’s life and I would like to thank all the teachers who go above and beyond for the success of their students,” Greene said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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