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Student Scholarships Honored by the Board of Education

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

L-R: Foundation Senior Executive Director Aaron Lupuloff, Natalie Staffieri of Grayson HS, recipient of the Louise Radloff Scholarship; Samina Uddin of Meadowcreek HS, recipient of the Louise Radloff Scholarship; Madison Ives of Grayson HS, recipient of the Alton C. Crews Scholarship; Kayla Aguirre of Collins Hill HS recipient of both the Alton C. Crews and the J. Alvin Wilbanks Scholarships; Marissa Martin of Archer HS, recipient of the United Ebony Society Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship and Jason Quill of Grayson HS recipient of the United Ebony Society Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship. (not pictured: Elizabeth Delaney of Mill Creek HS, recipient of the J. Alvin Wilbanks Scholarship.


Large turnout crushes Quarry Run

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Collenn Neubauer of Kingston throws her arms up with excitement during the Quarry Crusher Run Atlanta on Saturday, May 21, in Norcross.

NORCROSS — As Kenny Alexis crossed the finish line Saturday morning with arms raised above his head, he shouted for all to hear: This is the toughest race in Georgia.

He didn’t get any argument from the several hundred runners who took the plunge more than 600 feet deep into the Vulcan Materials quarry beneath a slate gray sky that matched the rocks and gravel at their feet. The blessing of a cool morning was canceled out in many ways by the heavy air and humidity.

Alexis, a Grayson resident, completed the vaunted “double crusher” race that stretched 7.4 miles and left a mark on his thighs. The memorable part — or something he’d like to forget — was three miles uphill.

“That has to be something that uses my thighs and is extremely difficult,” said Alexis, who finished the grueling run in about 52 minutes. “I’ve done lots and lots of races, but this takes the cake.”

The first race of its kind in this area, dubbed the Quarry Crusher Atlanta Run, was part of the Quarry Crusher Run Series, where participants run down into a quarry pit and back out. A percentage of net proceeds from the event will go to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundations, as well as Meadowcreek cluster, which includes Meadowcreek elementary and high schools, and Louise Radloff Middle School.

Radloff herself was there and greeted runners at the finish line. Several Meadowcreek students also lined the finish line and handed out medals and bottles of water. Continue reading

Gwinnett Class of 2016 sets academic, military records

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

More than 11,600 students are expected to recive a diploma from Gwinnett County PUblic Schools this month, and never before have as many Gwinnett students received as much scholarship money or military appointments.

More than 11,600 students are expected to receive a diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools this month, and never before have as many Gwinnett students received as much scholarship money or military appointments.

With identical numbers to last year’s class, 83 percent of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools, while 85 percent of them plan to attend college in Georgia.

By April, the students were offered nearly $153 million in academic, athletic and military scholarships.

The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $97.3 million, was earned for academics.

Gwinnett students also received nearly $49 million in athletic scholarships and nearly $6.7 million because of military appointments. The monetary awards do not include scholarships associated with HOPE, QuestBridge, the Broad Scholars or the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

There were several groups of students who set records. Continue reading

Record number of GCPS students named Gates Millenium Scholars

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Gates-MillenniumA record number of seniors in Gwinnett County Public Schools are going to college — and beyond — for free.

The 18 students, the most ever from GCPS, from 12 high schools were recently named Gates Millennium Scholars. They joined about 1,000 students from across the country to receive the honor.

In addition to the full scholarship for undergraduate work, the Gates Millennium Scholars also qualify for funding to cover graduate and doctoral work in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, math, public health or science.

The program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promotes academic excellence for outstanding minority low-income students. In order to earn the scholarship, the seniors participated in a lengthy and competitive application process.

Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities, and their families’ need for financial assistance. The program recognizes high-achieving African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Continue reading

Duluth senior finds automotive calling at Maxwell

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Duluth High School senior Dominick Montineri works on a tire machine at Maxwell High School of Technology. Despite missing his left hand, Montineri has excelled at Maxwell and landed a job at Hennessy Lexus where he plans to work his way up from valet driver, to oil changes and eventually a mechanic. (Gwinnett Daily News Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Before Dominick Montineri arrived at the Maxwell High School of Technology, his future was uncertain.

He enjoyed cars, but a career path hardly registered on his radar.

Yet sometime in the last 12 months — he’s not sure if it was the second semester or after the electrical unit of the automotive services pathway at Maxwell — something clicked. The Duluth High School senior found his calling, and if you didn’t notice he’s missing his left hand, it wouldn’t be an issue.

“It was kind of scary, to be honest, but when I got into it, it was natural,” he said.

In fact, teacher Max Chavez said he remembers the brief conversation he had with Montineri at the beginning of the school year. Continue reading

Seven National Merit Scholars hail from Gwinnett

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

L-R: Noah M. Wilson, Grayson HS; Jonathan R. Jeffrey, GSMST; Amy Catherine Jenkins, Mountain View HS; Victoria S. Joshi, North Gwinnett HS; Anima Shrestha, Parkview HS; Lillian Wang, Parkview HS; Priyanka Desai, Peachtree Ridge HS

Seven Gwinnett students are now $2,500 closer to paying for their college costs.

They were recently recognized for receiving corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success college.

Among the students are Noah M. Wilson of Grayson High School, who plans to study biomedical engineering, and Jonathan R. Jeffrey of the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, who plans to study electrical engineering. From Mountain View High School, Amy Catherine Jenkins was selected, and she plans to study medicine, while Victoria S. Joshi of North Gwinnett High School plans to study mechanical engineering (robotics). At Parkview High School, Anima Shrestha and Lillian Wang plans to study neurosurgery and biomedical engineering. And at Peachtree Ridge High School, Priyanka Desai plans to study consulting. Continue reading

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Mountain View students recognized for national Spanish exams

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Mountainview-BearMountain View High School students earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2016 National Spanish Examinations.

The students earned four gold, 13 silver and seven bronze medals along with 26 honorable mentions.

The National Spanish Examinations are the largest of their kind in the United States, with more than 160,000 students participating in 2016.

The tests are administered each year to students in grades 6 through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Brookwood student’s video receives


honorable mention

Philip Jones, a sophomore at Brookwood High School, recently received an honorable mention and was awarded $250 for a video he created on water scarcity for the “World of 7 Billion” international student video contest. Continue reading

High school academy model, experiences expand in Gwinnett

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

In this 2014 file photo, South Gwinnett High teachers, from left, Terry Mouton, Phil Lawal and Andie McDaniel discuss preliminary decision about the new “Academy at South Gwinnett.” There are now seven academy high schools Gwinnett.

Not only did the academy model expand across Gwinnett this school year, those working in it stepped into new experiences.

In August, academy coaches learned about economic development from Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials. And in January, there was a job shadowing day where teachers got an idea what it’s like to work for Google, Gwinnett Medical Center and the Kenny Leon Theater.

That was part of an expansion of the academy model to seven schools this school year. Berkmar and Discovery were added to a list including Central Gwinnett, Lanier, Shiloh, South Gwinnett and Meadowcreek high schools.

Within the academy schools, there are smaller learning communities focused on a specific field based on school interest from surveys and labor force projections by the Chamber of Commerce. They are not designed as “tracked” curriculum programs from years ago that focused solely on a particular job or discipline. Continue Reading

Maxwell students work with Duluth police to outfit patrol car

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

A group of Maxwell High School students have worked with the Duluth Police Department to outfit a patrol car. The project, whcih began just after spring break, is expected to be finished by the end of the school year. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Maxwell High School is known for students working on hands-on projects. But the last month in the automotive services area has taken that to another level.

A group of students there are working with the Duluth Police Department to outfit a patrol car with every piece of equipment and accessory to patrol the streets.

“I think the most surprising thing is it’s actually a cop car that someone’s going to use,” said Meadowcreek High School senior Nikki Carballo-Reyes, known around the shop as “Boss Lady.” “We’re not professional professionals, but it’s this big opportunity not every student gets.”

She added that there are more electronics than she expected, and detailing with decals was more difficult than she imagined. Continue Reading

Meadowcreek staff member to be honored at White House

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Jeanette Griffin-Kimber

A Gwinnett school employee is expected to be at the White House on Wednesday to be honored among a host of other school staffers from across the country.

Jeanette Griffin-Kimber is a substitute teacher coordinator for Meadowcreek High School in Norcross and one of five “education support professionals” chosen from around the country to be honored as a “champion of change.” At Meadowcreek, her job is to make sure there is a qualified substitute for every teacher, paraeducator or custodian.

The Champions of Change program was created by the White House to feature people doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

“As our 2015 ESP of the Year, it does not surprise me that the White House has bestowed this honor on Jeanette,” Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators, said in a press release. “As a co-president of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, she has been empowering, caring and visionary in her work for her school and the local association.” Continue reading