NORCROSS - Three Meadowcreek High School students on Tuesday praised their school for providing them with a well-balanced education and unique opportunities to achieve.
The comments from the members of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team came during the Gwinnett Board of Education's second area board meeting, which took place about a month after several parents of Meadowcreek students accused board members and the school system of "giving up" on the cluster.
Meadowcreek senior Ami Patel said the high school has provided her "more opportunities to develop myself and make myself a better person."
"It doesn't matter where you go," Patel said. "It's how hard you're willing to work. I continue to strive to make myself a better person."
Patel said the school, although faced with challenges, is filled with success and positive stories.
Meadowcreek student LaShay Burney said her participation in several extracurricular activities has allowed her to make friends and grow as a person.
Student Keegan Nicodemus described Meadowcreek as an "open, honest, culturally diverse" school where test scores and grades are valued as much as students' happiness.
"We believe in our school," Nicodemus said, "even more when others doubt us."
As the area board meeting continued, parents and community members spoke for more than an hour about the successes in the Berkmar, Meadowcreek and Parkview clusters. One mother wore a makeshift paper hat so she could "take off (her) hat for" the board.
The area board meetings continue throughout this month. The remainder of the meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Thursday at Shiloh High School, 4210 Shiloh Road, Snellville. The meeting will serve the Brookwood, Shiloh and South Gwinnett clusters.
• Tuesday at Grayson High School, 50 Hope Hollow Road, Loganville. The meeting will serve the Central Gwinnett, Dacula and Grayson clusters.
• April 26 at Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee. The meeting will serve the Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters.
All meetings start at 7 p.m. in the school's theater. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Public Schools Web site, www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.