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Gwinnett seniors prepare for graduation

GCPS Class of 2019

Gwinnett seniors prepare for graduation

May 14, 2019

     After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 12,900 potential Gwinnett graduates are counting down the days. This year’s high school seniors will walk across the stage as the school district’s largest and most decorated class to date. 

     “Graduation is a special time of celebration and we salute the Class of 2019 on all that they have accomplished,” says CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “These students have had an impressive career in Gwinnett County Public Schools and they leave us ready for the next chapter in their lives. They have left their mark on our schools— earning prestigious awards and scholarships, state championships, and more. As important, they have contributed to our community through service to others, leadership opportunities, and giving back to Gwinnett. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I would be remiss if I did not extend our deep appreciation to the families who supported and encouraged these students during their academic career and to the thousands of teachers who made teaching come alive so these students thrived throughout the years.”

The senior report for the Class of 2019 shows that:

  • 82% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority of graduates, or 84.5%, plan to attend college in Georgia. 
  • These seniors have been offered, as of April 2019, more than $203.6 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 
  • The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $104.2 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received more than $91 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $8.3 million due to military appointments. These monetary awards do not include HOPE, or full-tuition scholarships associated with the Posse, QuestBridge, or Gates scholarship programs. 
  • One of the three Georgia students honored as a U.S. Presidential Scholar hails from Duluth High School. Nationally, 161 scholars were selected this year based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
  • As of May of 2019, 17 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Of the eight Gwinnett schools with QuestBridge Scholars, Archer High School had the most with four. 
  • Four of the nation’s 300 Gates Scholarship recipients for 2019 are Gwinnett students. Two of the students are graduating from GSMST and two are graduating from Mountain View High School. This prestigious scholarship program provides an all-expenses-paid scholarship to high-potential, low-income minority students. It also provides support to Scholars by engaging with them and their institutions in ways to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need. 
  • Nine Gwinnett graduating seniors earned full rides as Posse Scholars. Founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams— Posses— of 10 students. Partner colleges and universities award four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships to Posse Scholars. 
  • Twenty-one Gwinnett students received military appointments. 

School

Student

School/Branch

Archer HS

Emmanuel Michel

United States Air Force Academy

Berkmar HS

Jennifer Arreola-Meliton

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Brookwood HS

Joseph Garcia

United States Naval Academy

Brookwood HS

David Key

United States Naval Academy

Grayson HS

Daniel Lett

United States Air Force Academy

Grayson HS

Jazmin Robinson

United States Naval Academy

Grayson HS

Jordan Williams

United States Air Force Academy

Gwinnett Online Campus

Alexander Mobley

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Lanier HS

Ejai Washington

United States Naval Academy

Mill Creek HS

Spencer Carroll

United States Naval Academy

Mountain View HS

Jeremy Go

United States Air Force Academy

Mountain View HS

Keenan Baxter

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

 

Mountain View HS

Tae Woong Chung

United States Coast Guard Academy

North Gwinnett HS

William Brinson

United States Air Force Academy

Peachtree Ridge HS

Shwan Ahn

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Peachtree Ridge HS

Samuel Brown

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Peachtree Ridge HS

Matthew Han

United States Air Force Academy

Peachtree Ridge HS

Edwin Jang

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

South Gwinnett HS

Skye Williams

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

South Gwinnett HS

Tavares Gordon

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

South Gwinnett HS

Mahjadi Ward

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

  • Brookwood High graduates the largest class this year with 887 students, closely followed by Mill Creek High with 851, and Peachtree Ridge High with 802. 
  • The Class of 2019 also includes 3,592 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
  • During high school, 7,036 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
  • While members of the Class of 2019 were working on their high school diploma, 1,619 of them also earned college credit through dual enrollment

Gwinnett County Public Schools also salutes the highest-ranked students in each school based on their GPA, those earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are:

School

Valedictorian

(1st in Class)

Salutatorian

(2nd in Class)

Archer

Jared Smith

Lauren Sandidge

Berkmar HS

Richard Wong

Sarah Monteiro

Brookwood HS

Abigail Obeng-Marnu

Thi Dao

Central Gwinnett HS

Amy Truong

Britney Pena

Collins Hill HS

John Kang

Brett Muegel

Dacula HS

Mark Minh Tran

Anuoluwa Esther Ayannusi

Discovery HS

Amy Tin

Adam Siffel

Duluth HS

Vani Senthil

Caitlyn Nazareth

Grayson HS

Mesum Zaidi

Grace Scartz

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST)

Julius Tao

Alex Kim

GOC

Daniel Gallagher

Imani Vincent

Lanier HS

Michael Kim

Britley Jones

Meadowcreek HS

Xiang Li

Nhu Ha

Mill Creek HS

Diana Kim

Lauren Kelly Davis

Mountain View HS

Akash Kumar Sinah

Adam Hordines

Norcross HS

Joseph Mao

Christopher Wang

North Gwinnett HS

Hyosang Kim

Du-Shyun Chiang

Parkview HS

Ryan Tay

Kareena Udeshi

Peachtree Ridge HS

Shawn Im

James Cai

Shiloh HS

Jada Johnson

Jayda Hart

South Gwinnett HS

Jingwei Li

Emir Ibrisimovic

 

The graduation ceremonies for Gwinnett’s Class of 2019 will take place as follows:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Phoenix High

Location

Infinite Energy Theatre

Time

7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shiloh High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

3 p.m.

Central Gwinnett High

Central Gwinnett Stadium

7 p.m.

Brookwood High

Brookwood Community Stadium

8 p.m.

Mountain View High

Infinite Energy Arena

8 p.m.

Mill Creek High

Mill Creek Community Stadium

8 p.m.

Parkview High

Parkview Community Stadium

8 p.m.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Meadowcreek High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8:30 a.m.

Duluth High

Infinite Energy Arena

2 p.m.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Infinite Energy Exhibit Halls A/B

5 p.m.

Gwinnett Online Campus

Gwinnett Online Campus Auditorium

7 p.m.

South Gwinnett High

Infinite Energy Arena

7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Peachtree Ridge High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8:30 a.m.

Grayson High

Infinite Energy Arena

2 p.m.

Archer High

Infinite Energy Arena

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Berkmar High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8:30 a.m.

Lanier High

Infinite Energy Arena

2 p.m.

North Gwinnett High

Infinite Energy Arena

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Norcross High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

2 p.m.

Collins Hill High

Infinite Energy Arena

7 p.m.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Dacula High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8:30 a.m.

Discovery High

Infinite Energy Arena

2 p.m.


Please note that due to construction in and around the Infinite Energy Arena, families are encouraged to carpool and to plan accordingly for travel time as parking is more limited than in previous years. Downloadable parking maps with routes for parents and families are available on the GCPS website. 

 

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