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GCPS Class of 2017: More than 12,100 seniors prepare for graduation

Class of 2017 the largest yet for GCPS

GCPS Class of 2017: More than 12,100 seniors prepare for graduation

May 11, 2017

     After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 12,100 potential Gwinnett graduates are counting down the days. The 12,150 high school seniors will walk across the stage this week as the school district congratulates the Class of 2017, the largest and most decorated to date. 

     “The Class of 2017 is one in which Gwinnett County Public Schools and the greater Gwinnett community can take great pride,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “This is a highly decorated class in terms of scholarships and accomplishments. They are among the best prepared of any graduating class and are prepared for the next chapter in their lives. We wish them well and congratulate them on their hard work and persistence, knowing they are ready for the future. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I also would like to thank their families, the thousands of dedicated teachers, and the committed administrators who provided support and guidance to them throughout the years.”

     The senior report for the Class of 2017 shows that:

  • 85% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority, or 85% of them, plans to attend college in Georgia. 
  • The seniors who plan to continue their education have been offered, as of April of 2017, more than $181 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 
  • The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $94 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received nearly $80 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $7.6 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include HOPE or QuestBridge Scholarship recipients. 
  • As of May of 2017, 19 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Five of the seniors are Archer High School graduates. 
  • 19 Gwinnett students received military appointments. The students are:

 

School
Student
School/Branch
Archer HS
Alicia Suciu
United States Naval Academy
Brookwood HS
Sana Daley
United States Air Force Academy
Brookwood HS
Bailey Hopkins
United States Air Force Academy
Brookwood HS
Clarissa Jolley
United States Air Force Academy
Collins Hill HS
Jacob Gregory
United States Naval Academy
Dacula HS
Paul Harris
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Discovery HS
Jaden Stanley-Williams
United States Air Force Academy
Duluth HS
Gregory Pelland
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Grayson HS
Jake Killian
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Mill Creek HS
Branton Fletcher
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Mill Creek HS
Amya Hudson
United States Naval Academy
Mill Creek HS
Sara Scales
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Mountain View HS
Michael Sobczyk
United States Air Force Academy
Norcross HS
Sean Mckendree
United States Air Force Academy
Norcross HS
Ryan Stark
United States Naval Academy
North Gwinnett HS
James Thigpen
United States Naval Academy
Peachtree Ridge HS
Mackensie Nechanicky
United States Air Force Academy
Shiloh HS
Julian Mcduffie
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Shiloh HS
Israel Koker-Thomas
United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

 

  • Mill Creek High graduates the largest class this year with 952 students, followed by Brookwood High with 786, and Norcross High with 755. 
  • The Class of 2017 also includes 3,092 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
  • During their high school career, 6,982 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 3,341 scored a 3 or above on an AP Exam.
  • While members of the Class of 2017 were working on their high school diploma, 891 of them also earned college credit through the state’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program. 

     Several of these honor students were recognized as the highest ranking students in their school, earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are:

School
Valedictorian
(1st in Class)
Salutatorian
(2nd in Class)
Graduates Honor Graduates
Archer HS
Erduana Omeragic
Caleb Kim
651 213
Berkmar HS
Jimmy Tran
Diane Lin
525 93
Brookwood HS
Tony Zeng
Karl Patram
786 238
Central Gwinnett HS
Qasim Hassan
Michelle Vo
473 70
Collins Hill HS
Camden Jones
Shahrik Punja
714 208
Dacula HS
Thandiwe Persaud
Paul Dittamo
455 93
Discovery HS
Obumneme Godson Osele
Tiffany Nguyen
453 58
Duluth HS
Suk Joon Na
Tsvetomira Peykova
601 167
Grayson HS
Mirela Vojnikovic
Katherine Meadows
688 201
GSMST
Sabarish Sainathan
Kyle Patel
195 91
GOC
Karen Elizabeth Cranston
Sarah Keams
119 2
Lanier HS
Danny Nguyen
Michelle Derewitz
375 103
Meadowcreek HS
Aljon Pineda
Brittany Castaneda
595 98
Mill Creek HS
Mohamad-Baasim Rehan
Bryan Endsley
952 349
Mountain View HS
Santiago Escobar
Cheyenne Stewart
470 118
Norcross HS
Alice Peng
Jennifer Lynn Wang
755 138
North Gwinnett HS
Victoria Fonzi
Jonathan Park
662 287
Parkview HS
Tanish Pradhan
Kiara Harding
704 198
Peachtree Ridge HS
Eric Yan
Josephine Rudd
748 263
Shiloh HS
Mehul Mehra
Anya Solomon
456
49
South Gwinnett HS
Diana Kalima
Kaila Lattimore
540
55

 

The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 will take place as follows:

 

School
Location
Time
Monday, May 22, 2017

Phoenix High

Infinite Energy Theatre

7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Meadowcreek High
Infinite Energy Center
3 p.m.
Dacula High
Infinite Energy Center
8 p.m.
Central Gwinnett High
Central Gwinnett Stadium
7 p.m.
Gwinnett Online Campus
Gwinnett Online Campus Auditorium
7 p.m.
Brookwood High
Brookwood Stadium
8 p.m.
Mill Creek High
Markham Field
@ Mill Creek
8 p.m.
Parkview High
Parkview Community Stadium
8 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 
Discovery High
Discovery Stadium
8 a.m.
North Gwinnett High
Infinite Energy Center
8:30 a.m.
Lanier High
Infinite Energy Center
2 p.m.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
Infinite Energy Center Exhibit Halls
5 p.m.
Peachtree Ridge High
Infinite Energy Center
7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Norcross High
Infinite Energy Center
8:30 a.m.

 
Mountain View

Infinite Energy Center
2 p.m.
Collins Hill High
Infinite Energy Center
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
South Gwinnett High
Infinite Energy Center
8:30 a.m.
Duluth High
Infinite Energy Center
2 p.m.
Grayson High
Infinite Energy Center
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Shiloh High
Infinite Energy Center
1 p.m.  
Archer High
Infinite Energy Center
6 p.m.
*Monday, May 29, 2017
Berkmar High
Infinite Energy Center
8:30 a.m.
*Memorial Day
 
 
 
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