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Arrows senior named Mississippi’s TOP ALL-STAR Scholar for 2022

The Clinton Courier

Abigale Vargheese


Clinton High School senior Abigail Vargheese was recently named Mississippi’s TOP ALL-STAR Scholar for 2022. With a perfect 36 composite score on the American College Test (ACT), combined scores of 144, and an average of 103.03, Vargheese will receive a $24,000 scholarship provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc.

She is the daughter of Benu and Betsy Vargheese of Clinton.

Vargheese is undecided on where she will attend college but plans to study biology and biochemistry.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher – the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Vargheese designated Joshaunda L. Purvis as her STAR Teacher. Purvis has been teaching for 16 years, and this is her first time being named STAR Teacher.

Shreenithi Lakshminarayanan, a Germantown High School STAR Student, has been named 1st runner-up and will receive a $20,000 scholarship; and Madeline G. Pitre, a Biloxi High School STAR student, has been named 2nd runner-up and will receive a $16,000 scholarship. Lakshminarayanan’s STAR Teacher is Kelly M. Hicks of Madison, and Pitre’s STAR Teacher is Michael Burkett of Carriere.

Each STAR Teacher of the top three ALL-STAR Scholars received a $1,000 award. One-time scholarship awards of $1,000 are provided to the remaining top 17 ALL-STAR Scholars. The remaining 17 All-Star Teachers received a $500 award. The Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. provided $88,500 in scholarships and awards to STAR Students and STAR Teachers.

The theme for the 2022 Education Event was “Journey to the Stars.” This year, the MEC’s M. B. Swayze Foundation recognized 320 STAR Students across the state. Each STAR Student received a medallion, lapel pin, and certificate in recognition of their academic achievement.


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