PHS STAR Student
John Tyler Dobson is PHS STAR Student
Posted on 03/02/2015
John Tyler Dobson, a senior, was honored recently as the 2015 STAR student for Pepperell High School.  Dobson selected Bob Steelnack, former band director at Pepperell, as his STAR teacher.  
To be named a STAR student, seniors must have the highest SAT score in their school taken on one test date through November prior to graduation. The student's SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the national average, and seniors must also be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class based on grade point average. 

The STAR teacher is selected by the STAR student for having made the most significant contribution to the student's scholastic development. 

Dobson has a 4.0 GPA while pursuing studies in the Honors Program at Pepperell.  He has taken 16 Honors or Advanced Placement courses.  Dobson serves as vice-president of the PHS National Honor Society.  "Tyler has an extraordinary personality and discussions with him can be insightful and entertaining," said Michael Watson, a teacher at Pepperell High. "He is intelligent, humble, comical and he possesses an intellectual maturity that always allows him to contribute thoughtful dialogue." 

The senior is also active in student life at PHS.  Dobson is a member of the PHS marching band, and the jazz and symphonic bands. He served as percussion librarian for two years, percussion section leader and he has served as chaplain his senior year.  Dobson is a member of the PHS Select Ensemble and has been selected to All-State men's choir twice.  He has competed at Literary in the men's quartet, men's solo and men's dramatic interpretation.  Dobson founded a Jazz combo group that performs at local events.  He has also been active in the PHS Drama Department.      

Dobson has also been active in community theater having appeared in Rome Little Theatre productions: "The Little Mermaid, Jr.", "Beauty and the Beast Jr." and "Frankly, Scarlett, You're Dead."  He is active in his church where he sings bass and backup vocals with the Student Fusion band.   

Dobson plans to seek a career in theater as an actor or teacher.  He has been accepted at Columbus State University, Brenau University and the University of Georgia. 

The STAR program has been in existence since 1958 and has recognized more than 24,000 students and teachers in Georgia.  The program is sponsored locally by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.