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Gwinnett seniors prepare for graduation

GCPS Class of 2020

Gwinnett seniors prepare for graduation

May 12, 2020

     After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 12,700 potential Gwinnett graduates are counting down the days until their high school career is over. Due to the effects of the global pandemic, this year’s seniors were forced to endure a difficult and unusual ending to their high school careers, which makes their accomplishments even more impressive and worthy of celebration.

     “Graduation is a special time of celebration and we salute the Class of 2020,” says CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed where and how this year’s senior class completed their high school career, but it cannot take away all that they have accomplished. These students made lasting contributions to our schools— earning prestigious awards and scholarships, state championships, and more. As important, they established themselves as civic-minded individuals who contributed to our community through service to others, leadership opportunities, and giving back to Gwinnett. I applaud them for their accomplishments and extend my deep appreciation to the families who supported and encouraged them during their academic career. I also salute the thousands of educators who gave their all to these students, helping these graduates to thrive and to be prepared for their futures.”

The senior report for the Class of 2020 shows that:

  • 81.5% 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 85.7 %, plan to attend college in Georgia. 
  • These seniors have been offered, as of April 2020, more than $204.9 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 
  • The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $105 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received more than $92.3 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $7.5 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. 
  • Mill Creek High graduates the largest class this year with 866 students, closely followed by Brookwood High with 839, and Peachtree Ridge High with 808. 
  • The Class of 2020 also includes 3,672 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
  • During high school, 6,756 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
  • While members of the Class of 2020 were working on their high school diploma, 1,887 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 HS

Cole Thomas

Student did not want name included

Berkmar HS

Gia-Minh Nguyen

Lavonté Saunders

Brookwood HS

Jay Patel

Jiyuan Dong

Central Gwinnett HS

David Palmer

Carolyn Phung

Collins Hill HS

Matthew Sumanen

Max Schoenfuss

Dacula HS

Miranda Colon

Matthew Weiss

Discovery HS

Cindy Ho

Jedidah Titus

Duluth HS

Shalin Jain

Hussan Ali

Grayson HS

Claire Mistretta

Abigail Chambers

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

Davin Shi

Wenjun Wang

Gwinnett Online Campus

Catherine Elizabeth Slack

Elizabet Verizova

Lanier HS

Stella Choi

Mason Ladd

McClure Health Science HS

Yesenia Lopez

Tanya Rodriguez

Meadowcreek HS

Valeria Granados

Gigi Tu

Mill Creek HS

Cassidy Hettesheimer

Bryce Hancock

Mountain View HS

Shayla Nguyen

Nicholas Isaza

Norcross HS

Luke Gries

Chance Keown

North Gwinnett HS

Maya Chande

Alexander Fonzi

Parkview HS

Toby Nguyen

Rhiannon Eplett

Paul Duke STEM HS

Chunjin Park

Cameron Potter

Peachtree Ridge HS

Alice Ao

William Ao

Shiloh HS

Miriam Martinez Rivera

Catherine Trobradovic

South Gwinnett HS

Sidney Swanstrom

Princess Deborah Onyeanula


2020 Gwinnett County Public Schools Virtual Graduation Schedule:
Each high school’s virtual graduation will air on GCPS TV and be livestreamed on the GCPS website (www.gcpstv.org)

 

School

Phoenix High

Date

Wednesday, May 20

Time

4:30 p.m.

Paul Duke STEM High

Wednesday, May 20

6:30 p.m.

McClure Health Science High

Wednesday, May 20

8:30 p.m.

Duluth High

Thursday, May 21

8:30 a.m.

Central Gwinnett High

Thursday, May 21

10:30 a.m.

Brookwood High

Thursday, May 21

12:30 p.m.

Discovery High

Thursday, May 21

2:30 p.m.

Mill Creek High

Thursday, May 21

4:30 p.m.

Parkview High

Thursday, May 21

6:30 p.m.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Thursday, May 21

8:30 p.m.

Dacula High

Friday, May 22

8:30 a.m.

Archer High

Friday, May 22

10:30 a.m.

Shiloh High

Friday, May 22

12:30 p.m.

Mountain View High

Friday, May 22

2:30 p.m.

Berkmar High

Friday, May 22

4:30 p.m.

Norcross High

Friday, May 22

6:30 p.m.

Gwinnett Online Campus

Friday, May 22

8:30 p.m.

MeadowCreek High

Saturday, May 23

8:30 a.m.

Grayson High

Saturday, May 23

10:30 a.m.

South Gwinnett High

Saturday, May 23

12:30 p.m.

North Gwinnett High

Saturday, May 23

2:30 p.m.

Peachtree Ridge High

Saturday, May 23

4:30 p.m.

Collins Hill High

Saturday, May 23

6:30 p.m.

Lanier High

Saturday, May 23

8:30 p.m.

 


In addition to watching GCPS TV live on the school district website, you can tune in on the following cable stations: 

AT&T U-verse

Listed under Local Government

Charter

Channel 180

Comcast

Channel 24 or 26

*Graduations also will be available on-demand. 

In July, Gwinnett County Public Schools will hold in-person graduation ceremonies should conditions allow. Dates and times of these ceremonies are available on the GCPS website.
 

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