Strelzoff’s STAR is a credit to her hard work

Published 7:12 pm Thursday, May 23, 2019

Merriam-Webster defines dedication as self-sacrificing devotion and loyalty.

For Laurel Strelzoff this is what made it possible for her to be named St. Aloysius High School’s STAR Student for the class of 2019.

“When I found out I had been named STAR Student I was proud of myself and happy that all the hard work had paid off,” Strelzoff said.

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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.

Strelzoff scored a 32 on the ACT and has a 4.65 GPA.

In an effort to receive her best score, Strelzoff said, she took practice tests and found guides online.

“I took a test prep class taught by Bruce Ebersole and Chesley Lambiotte, and we took tests once a week for half a year. I also took practice tests in the week leading up to each ACT,” Strelzoff said, which was six times.

Strelzoff credited these teachers along with her dad and the teacher she chose as her STAR Teacher for helping her achieve her best possible score.

“My star Teacher is Danielle Bergeron, she taught me honors Algebra III and Calculus. I chose her because she’s always helpful if I’m struggling in class, she’s a great teacher, and she has helped me study for ACT math,” Strelzoff said. 

“I was completely surprised when Laurel asked me to be her STAR teacher,” Bergeron said.

“This is only my second year teaching and being so new, I am still learning each and every day. I have a long way to go before I am half as good as other teachers here at St. Al,” she said, adding, “Being STAR teacher has been such a wonderful experience and I feel beyond grateful and honored. To be recognized by one of my students means the world to me. It gave me the affirmation that teaching is the right career path for me, and it made me want to work harder toward being a better teacher.”

Bergeron described Strelzoff as a “diligent, determined, disciplined, and kind” student.

“She has worked incredibly hard for all her achievements and I consider it a privilege to have taught someone like Laurel Strelzoff. She is going to do amazing things,” Bergeron 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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