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Andrew Hathcock finds career path thanks to STAR teacher Gary Martin
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Chestatee senior Andrew Hathcock and Da Vinci Academy teacher Gary Martin pose for a photo Tuesday at the Gainesville First Baptist Church. Hathcock and Martin were named Hall County STAR student and STAR teacher. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Andrew Hathcock had to think for a few seconds — “that’s hard” — about what subject he likes best in school. “Probably math,” he said, but added he really liked all of his classes.

Hathcock was named Hall County winner of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program Tuesday and will represent the system in the District 2 competition.

Hathcock is a senior at Chestatee High School.

The Gainesville Kiwanis Club hosted a luncheon honoring the STAR students and their teachers.

The STAR student must have the highest score on a single SAT test and be in the top 10 percent of students in their class. Students competed in the Gainesville system, which also included private schools Lakeview and Riverside Military Academy for the purposes of the competition, as well as the Hall County system, which included North Georgia Christian School in addition to the public high schools. 

Hathcock chose Gary Martin, from the Da Vinci Academy, as his STAR teacher.

Hathcock plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in materials science and engineering.

Hathcock credited his interest in that subject to Martin. He said the “experience and love for technology” he found in Martin’s class started him on this path.

He said he also has an interest in biochemical engineering and theoretical physics. He plans to get a doctorate and seek a job in one of those industries.

Andrew is the captain of the school’s robotics team. He also has played trumpet in the marching band for four years and plays on the tennis team.

He is the son of Ley and Cherie Hathcock.

Martin, who is a former Marine, was Hathcock’s technology teacher at Da Vinci. He said he taught technology, graphic design and digital design. Hathcock added that he “proctored” a math course.

Martin also was in business before starting his teaching career. He said he is “a romantic type” person.

“I just want to help kids reach their dreams and goals — I know that sounds corny,” Martin said.

An awards banquet for District 2 will be held March 15 at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. The winner there will move on to the state level — with a banquet April 18 in Atlanta.

District 2 includes Hall, Dawson, Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns, Rabun, Lumpkin, Habersham, Stephens and White counties.

Explore the map below to see winners for each local school.

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