Council of PTAs recognizes county's finest in education

Gwinnett's finest students and educators were honored last week at the Gwinnett Council of PTAs annual banquet.

Lisa Harvin of Henry Partee Elementary School was recognized as the PTA's Outstanding Principal of the Year for elementary schools.

The outstanding middle school principal was Mary Hensien of Five Forks Middle School. Administrators Kendall Johnson and Jim Doswell of Berkmar High School also were honored for supporting and hosting the PTA board meetings.

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful presented scholarships to two students at the event: Jeffrey Freiberg of Norcross High School and Bonnie Greenwood of Parkview High School. They were selected based on their environmental career goals, volunteerism and academic records.

Special guests included school board members and Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.

At the event, the following high school seniors were presented with $1,000 scholarships:

•Scott Johnson, Berkmar High School (Louise Radloff Scholarship)

•Rabeea Khan, Duluth High School

•Janet Oi Yi Lui, Mill Creek High School (McCleskey/Spellman Scholarship)

•Solomon Manmektew, Meadowcreek High School

•Pavel Pshichenko, Maxwell High School of Technology (Janice West Scholarship)

•Kyle Harman, Norcross High School (Mary Root Scholarship)

The PTAs also gave out "Scrapbook Awards" to exemplary elementary and middle schools. These were the winners:

Elementary schools with less than 1,150 students:

•1. Camp Creek Elementary School

•2. McKendree Elementary School

•3. Shiloh Elementary School

Elementary schools with more than 1,150 students:

•1. Riverside Elementary School

•2. Winn Holt Elementary School

•3. K.E. Taylor Elementary School

Middle schools:

•1. Five Forks Middle School

•2. Creekland Middle School

•3. Trickum Middle School

Students, teacher honored for achievement in German

Collins Hill High School recently received several awards for students and educators in its German department.

Lorena Cazares was named Georgia German Student of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. She will take an all-expense-paid trip to Germany this summer, courtesy of the Goethe-Institut and Lufthansa airlines, to participate in a three-week intensive course of study.

German teacher Jill Tweedy was named the state's German Teacher of the Year. She will get a free flight to Germany from Lufthansa.

Two Gwinnett students had the highest scores in Georgia on the National German Exam. Stephen Joiner had the highest score in the state and one of only 23 perfect scores in the nation on the Level 3 exam. Patrick Najjar of Parkview High School had the highest score among the 275 students who took the Level 2 exam.

Students win scholarships

The Snellville Commerce Club honored two high school students who excelled in academics and communication with scholarships.

The winners were Whitney Blan, a DECA member at Brookwood, and Clayton Still, a mock trial participant at South Gwinnett.

Blan is an honors graduate and an aspiring pharmacist, and Still is the two-time recipient of Outstanding Attorney Award for mock trial.

Both of the students will be recognized Tuesday at a lunch meeting of the Snellville Commerce Club at City Hall.


State school board member Jose Perez will hold a public hearing Monday in Gwinnett. Teachers, parents, students and citizens are encouraged to voice concerns and suggestions for school improvement. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Norcross High School. Those wishing to speak must sign in when they arrive.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.