Rising Star and Shining Star Awards

Launched during the 2010-11 school year, the Rising Star and Shining Star Awards recognize two CGLA students each year for their outstanding STEAM academic achievement and leadership. Students are selected based on an award application and presentation to a panel of teachers and peers. CGLA’s inaugural winners were recognized at the Odyssey 2011 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in May 2011. Congratulations to 2015 winners Anyang Ayai (Rising Star) and Frida Uwimana (Shining Star) for receiving such an honor!  Prominent educator and STEM advocate Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III was this year’s keynote speaker.

Previous Rising Star and Shining Star Recipients (Odyssey Luncheon Keynote Speaker)

2014 – Wendy Reynoso-Diaz and Samantha Bautista (Ian Symmonds)

2013 – Briana Howard and Guilda Xiloj  (Jimmy Wayne)

2012 – Frida Uwimana and Shaunte Hunter  (Michele Norris)

2011 – N’Seya Cosme’ and Te’ara Jones  (Soledad O’Brien)




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P.O. Box 3837
Chattanooga, TN 37404

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“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach her to learn by creating curiosity, she will continue the learning process as long as she lives.” – Clay P. Bedford

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