SANDY SPRINGS, GA – From North Springs Charter High School: For the first time in North Springs Charter High School (NSCHS) history, two seniors – Jared Matthew Coffsky and Eric Nathan Miller have been named 2018 STAR Students. To qualify – both achieved the highest SAT score taken at one sitting of all students in their class – each scored 1580 with a perfect 800 in math.
Both are math/science magnet students, 2018 National Merit Semifinalists and among a small group of North Springs’ students finishing their second year of college math (Applied Combinatorics and Differential Equations) at Georgia Tech. Both took AP Calculus as 10th graders and are co-presidents of the Spartan Math Team and members of National Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society and winners of numerous math awards.
Each also has different interests, different college and career plans and selected a different STAR teacher.
Coffsky, 17, son of Amy and Adam Coffsky of Sandy Springs, is co-captain of the Varsity Spartans’ Tennis team which reached the state quarter finals last year. He has been a private math tutor since his sophomore year and has tutored all levels of math, from elementary age through calculus. He has also volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk since middle school. He chose his AP Calculus teacher and tennis coach, Rahim Ghassemian, as the teacher who most inspired him.
Ghassemian, who holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from Iran’s Sharif University, and undergraduate and Master’s degree in math education from Kennesaw State University, has been teaching mathematics at North Springs for the past 10 years and this is the third time he has been honored as North Springs STAR teacher. In addition to teaching, he has spent nearly 35 years translating over 25 books of nonfiction including film history, movies, politics, history and media from English into Farsi.
Coffsky, who will have taken 13 Advanced Placement courses when he graduates, will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology and is planning on majoring in engineering or math.
Miller, 18, son of Drs. Mindi and Scott Miller of Sandy Springs, is a 2018 UGA Ramsey Scholar and a 2017 Governors Honors finalist in math. He is president of Latin Club, a Gold Medal National Latin Exam winner and vice president of North Springs Computer Science Club. He chose as his most inspiring STAR teacher, his Latin teacher, Thomas Henderson.
Henderson, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Latin languages, ancient history, and classical art and archaeology from Florida State University, began the first middle school Latin program in Fulton Schools at Sandy Springs Middle School before coming to NSCHS. He also attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece) and taught in Greece for the FSU International Program. Henderson will have a book on Greek history published later this year.
Miller is undecided about the college he will attend but plans to major in computer science with the goal of becoming a software designer or engineer. Later this spring he will be competing in Future Business Leaders (FBLA) state competition in Mobile App Designs. He is a National AP Scholar and will graduate having taken 15 Advanced Placement classes.
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