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GCPS congratulates largest-ever Class of 2018

More than 12,600 Gwinnett students prepare for graduation

May 15, 2018

     After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 12,600 potential Gwinnett graduates are counting down the days. The 12,612 high school seniors will walk across the stage as the school district congratulates the Class of 2018, the largest and most decorated to date.

     “The Class of 2018 is one of our most distinguished to date,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “These students have had an impressive career in Gwinnett County Public Schools and have been lauded for their academic, athletic, and civic accomplishments. They have earned prestigious awards and scholarships, state championships, and have left their mark on our schools and within our community. Graduation is the capstone of their K-12 academic careers and we wish them well and congratulate them on their hard work and persistence, knowing they are ready for the future. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I also would like to thank their families and the thousands of teachers who provided support and guidance to them throughout the years.”

     The senior report for the Class of 2018 shows that:

  • 84% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority, or 84% of them, plans to attend college in Georgia. 
  • These seniors have been offered, as of April 2018, more than $207 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 
  • The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $106.5 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received more than $93 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $7.6 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include HOPE, the QuestBridge Scholarship recipients, or the Gates Scholarship recipients. 
  • One of only three Georgia students and 161 throughout the nation honored as a U.S. Presidential Scholar hails from Gwinnett County Public Schools. The scholars are selected 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 2018, 22 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Seven of the seniors are Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology graduates. 
  • Nine of the nation’s 300 Gates Scholarship recipients for 2018 are Gwinnett students. 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 a ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need. 
  • Twenty students received military appointments. 

School

Student

School/Branch

Brookwood HS

Hamilton Dodd

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Brookwood HS

Trent Ho

United States Coast Guard Academy

Brookwood HS Matthew Key

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Brookwood HS

Michael Neacsu

United States Air Force Academy

Collins Hill High School

Darius Penton

United States Air Force Academy

Dacula HS

Shayne Buckingham

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Dacula HS

Payton Rawson

United States Air Force Academy

Duluth HS

William English

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Grayson HS

Ethan Bigness

United States Air Force Academy

Grayson HS

Demetrius Goggans

United States Naval Academy

Grayson HS

Tiger McIntosh

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Grayson HS

India McKalope

United States Coast Guard Academy

Grayson HS

Joel-Timothy Purnell

United States Air Force Academy

Grayson HS

William Vanpamelen

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Lanier HS

Chadwick Keever

United States Air Force Academy

Mill Creek HS

Kathryn Brewer

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Mountain View HS

Berechiah David Austin

United States Naval Academy

Mountain View HS

Marquel Broughton

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Norcross HS

Riley Stark

United States Coast Guard Academy

Peachtree Ridge HS

Wilson Catoe

United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

 

  • Mill Creek High graduates the largest class this year with 911 students, closely followed by Brookwood High with 838, and Peachtree Ridge High with 801 
  • The Class of 2018 also includes 3,246 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
  • During high school, 7,100 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
  • While members of the Class of 2018 were working on their high school diploma, 1,231 of them also earned college credit through dual enrollment. 

     Several of these honor students were recognized as the highest ranking students in their school, earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are:

School

Valedictorian
(1st in Class)

Salutatorian
(2nd in Class)

Archer HS

Lois Williams

Dennis Rodney Crawford III

Berkmar HS

Afsha B. Hossain

Du Kieu Dang

Brookwood HS

Brian Cho

Ruby Lee

Central Gwinnett HS

Andy Chea

Devinne Moses

Collins Hill HS

Jena Jibreen

Michal Szurek

Dacula HS

William Braxton Butcher

Maria-Isabelle V. Dittamo

Discovery HS

Nabid Farvez

Kaitlyn Choe

Duluth HS

Preethi Narayan

Jackson Baird

Grayson HS

Aliza Shivanni Ramdass

Melina Maleknia

GSMST

Iris Galfas

Frank Hu

GOC

Connor Harris Caldwell

Mary Collier Pritchett

Lanier HS

Gabrielle Burlison

Gabriel Cranor

Meadowcreek HS

Nhi Ngo

Ashley Duong

Mill Creek HS

Jason Russell

Camryn Petit

Mountain View HS

Kaitlyn Catapano

Matthew Kim

Norcross HS

Angela Lau

Chloe Pak

North Gwinnett HS

Peter (Yoon) Jang

Kevin Kim

Parkview HS

Jeremy Levin

Frank Tang

Peachtree Ridge HS

Terry Kang

Morgan Broniec

Shiloh HS

Nardos Solomon

Oluwapelumi Oluleye

South Gwinnett HS

Bailey McClain-Avant

Hannah Keilani Blas


The graduation ceremonies for Gwinnett’s Class of 2018 will take place as follows:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Phoenix High

Location

Infinite Energy Theatre

Time

7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Peachtree Ridge High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

3 p.m.

Central Gwinnett High

Central Gwinnett Stadium

7 p.m.

Gwinnett Online Campus

Gwinnett Online Campus Auditorium

7 p.m.

Brookwood High

Brookwood Stadium

8 p.m.

Collins Hill High

Infinite Energy Arena

8 p.m.

Mill Creek High

Mill Creek Community Stadium

8 p.m.

Parkview High

Parkview Community Stadium

8 pm

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grayson High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Archer High

Infinite Energy Arena

Noon

Berkmar High

Infinite Energy Arena

4 p.m.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology

Infinite Energy Exhibit Halls A/B

5 p.m.

Discovery High

Discovery Field

7:30 p.m.

Lanier High

Infinite Energy Arena

8 p.m.

Friday, May 25, 2018

North Gwinnett High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Meadowcreek High

Infinite Energy Arena

Noon

Dacula High

Infinite Energy Arena

4 p.m.

Shiloh High

Infinite Energy Arena

8 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Norcross High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Duluth High

Infinite Energy Arena

Noon

South Gwinnett

Infinite Energy Arena

4 p.m.

Mountain View

Infinite Energy Arena

8 p.m.

 

 

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