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Four GCPS seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2019 Gwinnett County STAR Student

2019 STAR Student Award recognizes 4-way tie

Four GCPS seniors tie for top honor… earning title of 2019 Gwinnett County STAR Student

March 8, 2019

     An event which celebrates some of Gwinnett County’s brightest, culminated with the naming of four Gwinnett County Public Schools’ students as Gwinnett County’s STAR Student and Teacher winners. Thi Dao— a senior at Brookwood High School, Aidan Donelan— a senior at Duluth High School, Alex Kim— a senior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and Shawn Im— a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School are among those sharing this year’s title of Gwinnett 2019 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 High senior selected her 11th grade Language Arts teacher, Dr. Amber Simmons, as her STAR Teacher, while Donelan selected Mr. Jonathan Roy, who taught him Engineering. Kim selected Ms. Laura Gray who was his 10th grade AP Computer Science teacher and Im selected his 10th grade Math teacher Ms. Ann Rodgers. Mitchell Whalen, of Buford High School, and his STAR Teacher Mrs. Valerie Head, also were recognized at the event as Buford City Schools’ honorees.

     The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Partnership Gwinnett partnered to honor STAR Student and Teacher honorees during this year’s STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon on Friday, March 8. 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). 

     Local sponsors include Partnership Gwinnett; 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; and Corporate Sponsor—Georgia United Credit Union.

     The 2019 Gwinnett County STAR Student and 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 2019 STAR Student and Teacher.

2019 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools


STAR Student

STAR Teacher

Archer High School

Sela Redford

Joni Jameson

Berkmar High School

Sarah Monteiro

Malena Mitchell

Brookwood High School

*Thi Dao

* Dr. Amber Simmons

Buford High School

**Mitchell Whalen

** Valerie Head

Central Gwinnett High School

Amy Truong

Andres Serna Lopez

Collins Hill High School

LaFayette “Fate” Bussey

Mary Bruce

Covenant Christian Academy

Zachary “Zack” Reese

Susan Owen

Dacula High School

Chloe French

Christy Belbey

Discovery High School

Adam Siffel

Dr. Maria Thurmond

Duluth High School

* Aidan Donelan

* Jonathan Roy

Grayson High School

Stephen Joseph

Ronald Reid

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Victoria Huynh

Mary Lynn Huett

Gwinnett Online Campus

Daniel Gallagher

Michael Herring

Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology

* Alex Kim

* Laura Gray

Hebron Christian Academy

Alexandra  Walsh

Dr. Calin Pop

Killian Hill Christian School

Yifeng “Lisa”  Wang

Matthew Lewis

Lanier High School

John Rumble

Michael Reilly

Meadowcreek High School

Sabahat Chowdhury

Leslie Dunham

Mill Creek High School

Calvin Shaw

Janna Penn

Mountain View High School

Adam Hordines

Billy Jones

Norcross High School

Jacob Bottomley

Martha Haer (Peachtree ES)

North Gwinnett High School

Suhwan “Daniel” Lee

Vanessa Guilarte

Parkview High School

Ryan Tay

Susan Parker

Peachtree Ridge High School

* Shawn Im

* Ann Rodgers

Phoenix High School

Sarah Hardin

Lisa Rice

Providence Christian Academy

Kyra Hoskin

Chris Clark

Shiloh High School

Robert Cranston

Casey Ramel

South Gwinnett High School

Samuel “Sam” Oyerinde

Erma Davis

Wesleyan School

Jennifer Nolan

Joseph Cooper

*2019 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher
** 2019 Buford City STAR Student and Teacher


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