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Wesson High School announces STAR student, teacher

Wesson Attendance Center has announced the STAR student and teacher for the 2020 school year.
Ashton Roberson is the son of Joey and Barbie Roberson and Leigh Hartsook. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Summit. He played football, has been a French horn player in the Mighty Cobra Band, and participated in Academic Team competition. He is a member of the Senior Beta Club and takes classes at Copiah-Lincoln Community College as a dual-enrolled student. Roberson was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his peers and selected Senior Most Handsome. He is in the Platinum ACT Club and has earned the position of Wesson’s 2020 Star Student. He selected Rod Martin as his STAR Teacher.
Roberson is graduating with High Honors and has a full scholarship to Mississippi State University. He will begin his studies in engineering in the fall with early admissions to the Bagley College of Engineering.
Rod Martin has been teaching for the past 23 years. For 16 of those years, he has taught at Wesson Attendance Center. With primary certifications in English and history, Martin has taught in grades 7-12 at the school. In addition, he has served as the coach for the Wesson tennis team for eight years and has sponsored the academic team for all 16 years. Martin’s proudest honor as a teacher are his five selections as STAR Teacher by students at Wesson, an honor that he says is the highest a teacher can receive.
“Wesson has so many outstanding educators who equally deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to helping their students learn, so to be chosen from among those worthy ranks by a student of the highest caliber is really something special and never to be taken lightly. Students as intellectually and musically gifted as Ashton are exceedingly rare and a joy to teach, so I am absolutely humbled to have been his choice for STAR Teacher. He is an amazing young man with incredible potential and a terrific support system in place, so we all expect great things from him in the future as well,” Martin said.
Martin is married to the former Penny King, also a teacher at Wesson, of the Strong Hope community, and he is the proud father of Jessa Martin Greer (24) and Noah Martin (21). Martin is an active member of Strong Hope Baptist Church, where he serves as video/presentation coordinator and pastoral sidekick.