Worth Novinski has been named STAR Student for the 2022-2023 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) for Mississippi School of the Arts. Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Worth is a senior visual arts student at MSA, where he has won many Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as well as the Congressional Arts Competition. Worth is a native of Columbia, Mississippi.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors. We congratulate all of our STAR Students and STAR Teachers for their exceptional level of achievement,” said Vickie Powell, Senior Vice President of Foundations. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.

Ms. Tobie Lambert was designated as STAR Teacher. Ms. Lambert is a national board-certified teacher. She has been teaching English for 17 years. She was recognized as the MSA teacher of the year in 2018 and nationally as the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year in 2020.

Over 600 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will be recognized for their exceptional achievement by MEC’s M.B. Swayze Foundation with medallions, certificates and lapel pins. The top 20 STAR Students –The ALL-STAR Scholars – will receive scholarships and their STAR Teachers will receive awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation.