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GCPS students selected for state honors program

Nearly 100 GCPS students named for state program

GCPS students selected for state honors program

May 2, 2018

     Nearly 100 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students are finalists for the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program. The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

     A total of 97 GCPS students were invited to the program, four of those students declined. Two alternates were invited and accepted the invitation to participate bringing the total number of students who will attend the program to 95. The GHP is a residential educational experience on a college or university campus. The 2018 program will be held June 17 – July 14, at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening.  Meals and rooms are provided by the program. The following are students are scheduled to attend.

First Name

Last name

Nomination Area






  Archer HS



Visual Arts

  Archer HS



World Languages

Latin Brookwood HS



Visual Arts

  Brookwood HS




Music Woodwind: Bassoon Brookwood HS

Qiao Mei


Visual Arts

  Brookwood HS




Music Jazz: Piano Brookwood HS



Visual Arts

  Brookwood HS




  Brookwood HS



Visual Arts

  Brookwood HS




  Brookwood HS




Music Strings: Viola Collins Hill HS




Music Strings: Violin Collins Hill HS




Music Brass: Tuba Collins Hill HS




Music Strings: String Bass Collins Hill HS



World Languages

German Collins Hill HS




  Collins Hill HS




  Dacula HS
Mary  Lord Mathematics   Dacula HS
Shalin Jain Science   Duluth HS
Caitlyn Nazareth Social Studies   Duluth HS
Trinity Saxon World Languages Spanish Duluth HS
Isabella  Pelegrin World Languages Latin Grayson HS
Matthew Amica-Terra Engineering Mechanical Design GSMST
Shamel Basaria Mathematics   GSMST
Jesse Chen Social Studies   GSMST
Poojita Chinmay Science   GSMST
Joshua Chough Engineering Mechanical Design GSMST
Joshua Chung Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineering GSMST
Huy Dai Mathematics   GSMST
Madina Eshova Visual Arts   GSMST
Sean Eva Mathematics   GSMST
Madison Greer Social Studies   GSMST
Vanessa Hernandez World Languages Chinese GSMST
Amav Jain Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineering GSMST
Irene Jerish Science   GSMST
Morgan Jin World Languages Chinese GSMST
Michelle Kim World Languages Chinese GSMST
Jin Wuk Lee Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineering GSMST
Ryan Lynch Science   GSMST
Riley Mcrae World Languages Spanish GSMST
Toluwalope Olaleye Engineering Mechanical Design GSMST
Litzy Perez World Languages Chinese GSMST
Suruchi Shah Communicative Arts   GSMST
Davin Shi Social Studies   GSMST
Alexander Shin Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineering GSMST
Jovanna Soler World Languages Chinese GSMST
Maya Spaulding World Languages Chinese GSMST
Nathan Tanzosch Science   GSMST
Daniela Uribe Mathematics   GSMST
Gloria  Vergara Neyra Science   GSMST
Michelle Wang Music Piano GSMST
Ken Wong Music Music Piano: Piano GSMST
Emily  Xu Science   GSMST
Joseph Zhang Science   GSMST
Shawn Zhu Mathematics   GSMST
Aneesa Julmice Visual Arts   Lanier HS
William Milhouse Theatre Theatre Performance Lanier HS
John Cho Music Music Strings: Viola Mill Creek HS
Audrey Douches Dance   Mill Creek HS
Kaitlyn Guy Dance   Mill Creek HS
Cassidy Hettesheimer Communicative Arts   Mill Creek HS
Grace Nebel Communicative Arts   Mill Creek HS
Elijah Shaw Music Music Voice: Bass Mill Creek HS
Nina Youn Music Music Strings: Violin Mill Creek HS
Adam  Hordines Mathematics   Mountain View HS
Joseph Mao Social Studies   Norcross HS
Natalie Moss Science   Norcross HS
Erin Stitt Visual arts   Norcross HS
Georgia Whitmer Communicative Arts   Norcross HS
Tannessa Dang Music Music Strings: Cello North Gwinnett HS
Allen Ding Visual Arts   North Gwinnett HS
Kyra Ehle Visual Arts   North Gwinnett HS
Heeseo Han Music Music Woodwind: Flute North Gwinnett HS
Chase Harrington Mathematics   North Gwinnett HS
Matthew Harrington World Languages German North Gwinnett HS
Mckenzie Haynes Visual Arts   North Gwinnett HS
Thomas Kim Music Music Strings: Viola North Gwinnett HS
Gahyun Kim Visual Arts   North Gwinnett HS
Elise Park Music Music Woodwind: Flute North Gwinnett HS
Kennedy Primus World Languages Latin North Gwinnett HS
Alicia Shin Music Music Strings: Cello North Gwinnett HS
Josephine Shin Science   North Gwinnett HS
Yara Andriamaromanana World Languages French Parkview HS
Priyanka Menon World Languages Spanish Parkview HS
Toby Nguyen Mathematics   Parkview HS
Christopher Roebuck Mathematics   Parkview HS
Connor Van Drie World Languages German Parkview HS
Timothy  Cho Music Music Strings: Cello Peachtree Ridge HS
Jack Fratto World Languages Chinese Peachtree Ridge HS
James Lee Social Studies   Peachtree Ridge HS
Gabriela Maduro Salvarrey Social Studies   Peachtree Ridge HS
Mclane Murphy Social Studies   Peachtree Ridge HS
Christine Park Music Music Strings: Viola Peachtree Ridge HS
Levi Watkins World Languages Chinese Peachtree Ridge HS
4 additional GHP Finalists (Students invited to GHP who are unable to attend)
First Name Last Name Nomination Area Concentration School
Valyn Turner Theatre Theatre Performance Lanier HS
Holland Danskin Visual Arts   Norcross HS
Ansley Goeckel Communicative Arts   Peachtree Ridge HS
Joshua  Lindsey Social Studies   Peachtree Ridge HS


     In addition to the full scholarship for undergraduate work, the Gates Millennium Scholars also qualify for funding to cover graduate and doctoral work in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promotes academic excellence for outstanding minority low-income students.
     In order to earn the scholarship, the seniors participated in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities, and their families’ need for financial assistance. The program recognizes high-achieving African American, American Indian/Alaska Native (must provide proof of tribal enrollment), Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students.
     The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In order to reach and support its constituents, the organization has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the United Negro College Fund.
     GCPS will hold a reception honoring this year’s Gates Millennium Scholars on Friday, May 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Grayson Room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center located in Suwanee. This year’s class of Gates Millennium Scholars includes the most ever from Gwinnett.
For more information about the Gates Millennium Program, visit or contact 703-205- 2041.


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