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August 15--  The Vidalia Board of Education has a policy of recognizing folks who go above and beyond with what they call "The Indian Star Award."  According to School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith, "They are the ones who demonstrate a willingness to improve service to others, have a committment beyond the call of duty, make a significant contribution to public education or who have demonstrated outstanding performance and achievement."

The latest Indian Star is Vidalia High School sophomore Logan Lawrence.  When he was a freshman last year, he succeeded in having September designated "Jewish Heritage Month" by the Georgia General Assembly.

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Vidalia School Board Chairman Hal Chesser presents the school board's "Indian Star Award" to Logan Lawrence at the board's August meeting. 

"Knowing that I have friends who are Holocaust survivors and friends whose lives have been touched by the Holocaust made me want to see something like this happen in their lifetime because that's definitely a dying generation," he said.

When he was a student at J.R. Trippe Middle School, Logan initiated a school assembly presentation by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. As a high school freshman, he was invited by teacher Denise Parsons to join the student chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America where his work in convincing the legislature to establish Jewish Heritage Month won region and statewide awards.

"I had a lot of great people behind me and backing from the community. That gave me the driving force to do what I did," Logan says.