PHS 2000 STAR Student Carrie McCurdy to be the Guest Speaker at the 2017 STAR Banquet


PHS 2000 STAR Student Carrie McCurdy to be the Guest Speaker at the 2017 STAR Banquet

3/8/2017 ~ by Reeder Burch

Carrie McCurdy, the 2000 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for this year’s STAR Banquet. McCurdy is the daughter of Carl and Melanie McCurdy of Jasper. She is currently an Assistant District Attorney in the DeKalb County DA’s Office where she has worked since 2009. Carrie is assigned as the Senior ADA where she prosecutes all homicides and serious felony cases in one of ten Superior Court Divisions in DeKalb County.

McCurdy was raised in Pickens County and was active in the Youth Group at the First Baptist Church of Jasper while growing up. After graduation from PHS, she attended Agnes Scott College and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Mathematics and Economics.

After graduation from Agnes Scott, McCurdy went to Law School at Emory University where she graduated in 2007. She began her legal career in criminal prosecution in 2008 in the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office. In 2009 she began working in the DeKalb County Courthouse where she spent time in the DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office and the DeKalb County DA’s office.

Throughout her career and beyond, Carrie’s passion has been seeking justice for those who have been victimized by domestic violence. She has worked in a specialized unit for the prosecution of all domestic violence homicide and sexual assault felonies in DeKalb County, and has supervised a specialized unit for the prosecution of high risk domestic violence misdemeanors in DeKalb County. For the last ten years, McCurdy has facilitated emergency support groups for victims of domestic violence through The Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, a local nonprofit organization. McCurdy also trains local police departments in investigating elder abuse, and she also trains new prosecutors statewide in trial advocacy. She is a dedicated reader, hiker, cross-fitter, Auntie to several beautiful nieces, and owner of two sweet dogs.

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 9, 2017. The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should email the Optimist Club at Reservations are required and tickets are $24.00 per person. The Woodbridge Inn will cater this years’ banquet.

For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with the largest and most unique local STAR Banquet in this statewide program. In the local program, the Optimists not only recognize the STAR Student and Teacher, but an additional nine STAR Student and Teacher Finalists.

The 2017 STAR Banquet will honor the 2017 STAR Student from PHS, Mr. Jonathan Friedman and his selected STAR Teacher, Mr. Wil Nix.

The 2017 Star Finalists
Student & Teacher

Kyle Combs & Angela Quarles
Laura Henke & Lisa Hardman
Michael Jorgensen & Rodney Martin
Jackson Melton & Valerie Boehm
Danielle O’Dell & Lynn Cantrell
Sierra Stanfield & Seana Thompson
Roman Tapia & Robbie Cheatham
Kelsey Wise & Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema & Cheryl Carter