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Three GCPS seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2018 Gwinnett County STAR Student

Three GCPS seniors tie for 2018 STAR Student

Three GCPS seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2018 Gwinnett County STAR Student

March 8, 2018

STAR Students and Teachers assembled at awards luncheon

     An event which celebrates some of Gwinnett County’s brightest culminated with the naming of three Gwinnett County Public Schools’ students as Gwinnett County’s STAR Student and Teacher. Min-Seok “Brian” Cho— a senior at Brookwood High School, Jackson Baird— a senior at Duluth High School, and Micaiah Cowart— a senior at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology are among those sharing this year’s title of Gwinnett 2018 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. As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher who has had a strong influence on his/her academic career. The Brookwood senior selected his AP Physics teacher, Dan Miller, as his STAR Teacher, while Baird selected Dr. Christopher DeCastro, who taught him AP Computer Science, and Cowart selected Jobie Johnson who was his AP Literature and AP Psychology teacher. Lacey Shaffer, of Greater Atlanta Christian School, and her STAR Teacher Terry Beasley also were recognized for the top county honor.

     The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce partnered to honor all of the local STAR Student and Teacher honorees during the annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon on Friday, March 2. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the event celebrates all local school STAR students from each Gwinnett County high school (public and private), as well as the top student from Buford High School (Buford City Schools). The Buford STAR Student is Juliet Chihaya and her STAR teacher is Lisa Cole

     Local sponsors 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, Gwinnett Technical College, and Peach State Federal Credit Union; Corporate Sponsors—City of Suwanee and Georgia United Credit Union-Duluth.

     The 2018 Gwinnett County STAR Student/Teacher winners 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 2018 STAR Student and Teacher. 

2018 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools


STAR Student

STAR Teacher

Archer High School

Lois  Williams
Buduka Ogonor

Joni Jameson
John Jameson

Berkmar High School

Anna Tran

Bridget  Walsh

Brookwood High School

*Min-Seok “Brian” Cho

*Dan Miller

Buford High School

**Juliet Chihaya

*Lisa Cole

Central Gwinnett High School

Andy Chea

Brad Callahan

Collins Hill High School

Rubin Park

Danielle  Wilcher

Covenant Christian Academy

Katie Balderson

Wendy Cline

Dacula High School

Mikayla Morgenroth

Justin Harvey

Discovery High School

Nabid Farvez

Tommy Nguyen

Duluth High School

*Jackson Baird

*Dr. Christopher DeCastro

Grayson High School

Saket Shirsath

Dr. Stacy Kenyon

Greater Atlanta Christian School

*Lacey Shaffer

*Terry Beasley

Gwinnett Online Campus

Connor Caldwell

Daniel Lollis

Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology

*Micaiah Cowart

*Jobie Johnson

Hebron Christian Academy

Joshua “Josh” Doss

Lizzy Sutton

Killian Hill Christian School

Candace Megerssa

Matthew Lewis

Lanier High School

Joseph Seibert

Aqueelah Ahmad-Harris

Meadowcreek High School

Nhi Ngo

Keith Hilliard

Mill Creek High School

Joanna Moon

Lisi Campos
(Jones Middle School)

Mountain View High School

Matthew Kim

Billy Jones

Norcross High School

Oluremi Owoseni
Matthew “Matt” Sandry

Alix McHardy
Katherine Kaiser

North Gwinnett High School

Savannah Hearn
Hongbum “Kevin” Kim

John Payne
Jeremy Martin

Parkview High School

Windsor Xu

Sara Hague
(Trickum Middle School)

Peachtree Ridge High School

Brittney Hagenbarth

Kevin Cameron
(Dunwoody High School)

Providence Christian Academy

Alexandra “Allie” Randazza

Renee Sargent

Shiloh High School

Benjamin Koschella

Pheletta Kayea

South Gwinnett High School

Bailey McClain-Avant

Ashanti Anderson

Wesleyan School

Kelsey Rappe
Daniel Baisier

Dawson Zimmerman
Kevin Kadzis


*2018 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher
** 2018 Buford City STAR Student and Teacher

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