2017 Coosa STAR Winners
Keiley Rowland is Coosa High's STAR Student
Posted on 02/22/2017
Keiley Rowland, STAR student at Coosa High
Keiley Rowland was named Coosa High School's STAR student recently at a senior assembly held at Coosa High.  The award was presented by Al Hodge, president and CEO of the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce.  Rowland selected Adam Daniel, band director for Coosa High, as her CHS STAR teacher.  

Adam DanielTo be named a STAR student, a high school senior must have the highest SAT score in the school on one test date through November prior to graduation.  The student's SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the national average and the senior must be in the top 10 percent in the school's senior class based on grade point average.  

The STAR teacher is selected by the student for having the most significant contribution to the student's scholastic development.  

Rowland is a highly decorated academic student at Coosa.  She is on the Coosa Academic Decathlon team and was the individual high scoring student in the 2017 competition.  She is on the math team, vice president of the Beta Club, and a member of the National Honors Society.  Rowland was a Governor's Honors nominee in communicative arts, math, and social studies.  She was a National Merit Scholar Commended student, a U.S. Presidential Scholar county finalist and an AP Scholar with Honor. Rowland will graduate in May as Valedictorian of Coosa High School.

As the selection of Rowland's STAR teacher would indicate, she is very active in the Coosa Band as color guard captain.  She was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All- American color guard during halftime of the Army All-American All-Star football game in January.  Rowland also is captain of the Coosa High Winter Guard, first flute in the Coosa concert band and a jazz band pianist.  She was selected to the District Honor Band for flute, a Governor's Honors semi-finalist in piano and the Rome Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival winner. 

Coosa's STAR is not just active at school.  She is also busy in the community as a church youth volunteer, working in the Community Kitchen, visiting area nursing homes, pianist for Fair Haven Baptist Church, instructing students in the Coosa Middle Winter Guard, and teaching piano lessons.

After graduation, Rowland plans to pursue a degree in music education at Jacksonville State University.  She would like to become a music composer or a college music theory professor.   

The STAR program has been in existence since 1958 and has recognized more than 24,000 students and teachers in Georgia. The program is sponsored locally by the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce and statewide by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

Photo: Al Hodge presenting the STAR award to Keiley Rowland (photo contributed by Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce)

Al Hodge presents the STAR award to Keiley