Good News From Schools: Banquet honors top technical education students, teachers

Gwinnett County recognized its top students and teachers in the technical education program at an awards banquet on Monday at the Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technical College.

This annual recognition, which recognizes the county's Technical Education Students and Teachers of the Year, takes place during Technical Education Month.

The recognition process began at each local high school with teachers nominating outstanding students in the technical education program. Nominated students then submitted a portfolio to a review committee, which was composed of Gwinnett Technical College instructors. As part of the process, the nominated students select a teacher from their local school who they feel had the most impact on their preparation for postsecondary training or the work force.

This recognition program recognizes a student from each high school but culminates in the selection of four county-level winners. The four county winners receive a monetary scholarship from Gwinnett Technical College.

This year's county winners are:

· First Place: Camly Nguyen of Meadowcreek High, who chose teacher Debbie Grant

· Second Place: Thomas Terrell of Grayson High, who chose teacher Charles Kachmar

· Third Place: Joshua Garriss of Grayson High Technical Education Program, who chose teacher Janet Felts

· Fourth Place: Chance Belcher of Maxwell High School of Technology, who chose teacher Abdul Roux

The first place winner earned a $1,000 scholarship, while the three other county winners each received a $500 scholarship. Prior to their recognition at the county level, the four students were honored as their local school's winner.

Other local school honorees included:

· Michael Pantelakis of Berkmar High, who chose teacher Gail Green

· Deborah Greason of Brookwood High, who chose teacher Janet Blouin

· Cami Lawson of Buford High, who chose teacher Karen Pardoe

· Jasmine Dixon of Central Gwinnett High, who chose teacher Alyene Burnett

· Larinska Urbano of Collins Hill High, who chose teacher Mary Ann Hale

· Yvonne Monsalve of Dacula High, who chose teacher Heather Williams

· Ashley Donau of Duluth High, who chose teacher Lisa Dangler

· Corey Brown of Mill Creek High, who chose teacher Kristy Heath

· Lindsey Summer of Norcross High, who chose teacher Jenelle Smith

· Katelyn Siegel of North Gwinnett High, who chose teacher Jacqueline Huffman

· Grace Burke of Parkview High, who chose teacher Tammy Thomas

· Ryan Brown of Peachtree Ridge High, who chose teacher Eric Stoker

· Dezman Ramsey of Shiloh High, who chose teacher Sidney Rabsatt

· Crisi Livermore of South Gwinnett High, who chose teacher Tara Haynes

This is the second year that Gwinnett County's top technical education students and teachers were honored through this program.

Parkview to complete certification process

The Parkview Business and Computer Science programs will complete the Program Certification Process on March 18. As a result, these programs areas will be receiving new pieces of technology, including a poster printer, two new color printers, a new LCD projector, four new Mimeo packages, large instructional screens for all classrooms and flash drives for students' use.

All business and computer science teachers are shadowing industry professionals for a day. Shadowing allows teachers to convey these real-world experiences to the students.

Parkview students who are taking a business or computer science class have the benefit of guest speakers, field trips and job shadowing experiences.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.