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Peachtree Ridge and GSMST seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2017 Gwinnett County STAR Student

2017 STAR Students and Teachers recognized

Peachtree Ridge and GSMST seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2017 Gwinnett County STAR Student

February 28, 2017

     An event which celebrates some of Gwinnett County’s brightest culminated with the naming of two Gwinnett County Public Schools’ students as Gwinnett County’s STAR Student and Teacher. Sabarish Sainathana senior at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— and Eric Yan— a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School— share this year’s title of Gwinnett 2017 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student, representing Gwinnett County’s public and private schools. The STAR student honor is bestowed on the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Sainathan and Yan earned the county title by having the highest SAT scores among the countywide Class of 2017. As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher who has had a strong influence on his/her academic career. The GSMST senior selected Greg Field, who taught him AP Calculus BC as his STAR Teacher, while the Peachtree Ridge senior selected Gabriel Pak, who taught him AP Physics C: Mechanics. 

     All of the local STAR Student and Teacher honorees were recognized during the annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Northeast Atlanta Hilton in Norcross. The event celebrates the STAR students from each Gwinnett County high school (public and private) as well as the top student from Buford High (Buford City Schools). The Buford City STAR Student is Hee Joo Choi and her STAR teacher is Amy Lister. Local sponsors of the event include the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Presenting Sponsor— Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Leading Sponsor— Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus; Principal Sponsor— Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, Inc., and Supporting Sponsors— Georgia Power Company, Gwinnett Technical College, and Peach State Federal Credit Union.

     As the 2017 Gwinnett County STAR Student/Teacher winners, the teams of Sainathan/Field and Yan/Pak will now move on and compete for the regional title. Regional winners will then move to the state level for the honor of being named Georgia’s 2017 STAR Student and Teacher.

2017 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools


STAR Student

STAR Teacher

Archer High School

Hannah Mahaffey

John Jameson

Berkmar High School

Diane Lin

Christopher Pae

Brookwood High School

Karl Patram

David Dimsdale

Buford High School

Hee Joo Choi

Amy Lister (currently teaching  at The Newton College and Career Academy)

Central Gwinnett High School

Qasim Hassan

Lindsay Bates

Collins Hill High School

Douglas “Aaron” Court

Ryan Keefer

Covenant Christian Academy

Caleb Godwin

Brandon Buchanan

Dacula High School

Paul Dittamo

Matthew Ludewig

Discovery High School

Brandon McCoy

Jonathan Larese (currently teaching at
Apalachee High School)

Duluth High School

Margaux Ratcliff

James “Jim” Reason

Grayson High School    

William Taylor

Jeremy Mulkey

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Mason English

Derek Wilson


*Sabarish Sainathan

*Greg Field

Hebron Christian Academy

Katherine “Katie” Reynolds

Shomari Young

Killian Hill Christian

Ke jia “Jacky” Zhang

John Allan

Lanier High School

Ashley Park

Collin Jones

Meadowcreek High School

Aljon Pineda

Pintu Thaker

Mill Creek High School

Bryan Endsley

Aylen Parra

Mountain View High School McKade Stewart Billy Jones
Norcross High School Jennifer Wang Michelle Larate
North Gwinnett High School Jonathan “Johnny” Park Jeremy Martin
Parkview High School Mohammad Makhmudov Caroline Miklosovic
Peachtree Ridge High School *Eric Yan *Gabriel Pak
Providence Christian Academy Joshua “Josh” Randrup Randall Cailor
Shiloh High School Mehul Mehra Vincent Tran
South Gwinnett High School Isabelle Williams Meryl Weaver
Wesleyan School Angela Yang Deborah Brown


   *2017 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher

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