The STAR (Students Taking Action and Responsibility) Awards is a celebration of youth development in Newport News Public Schools.
Each year, NNPS Youth Development hosts two special recognition events, the Secondary and Elementary STAR Awards to celebrate the extraordinary work and contributions that students, Youth Development Leads, Activities Directors, club advisors and others make to promote positive culture in their schools and communities. The Secondary STAR Awards recognizes individual student organizations who have been selected by their schools as making significant contributions to the school community. The Elementary STAR Awards showcases the school community's youth development work. Both events are completely led by student presenters. The ceremonies, which welcome hundreds of students, staff, and families, also provide a showcase for student talent.