Black Collegian Magazine names GCPS among top employers

Gwinnett County Public Schools has been named a top employer by Black Collegian Magazine, a career and self-development magazine for black college students.

Recognizing the school system's recruiting and retaining practices, the national publication placed the school district on the list of "The Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2009."

Ranked by the publication at No. 14, GCPS joins national organizations such as Microsoft Corporation at No. 15, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at 13 and Enterprise Rent-A-Car at No. 1. This is the second consecutive year the magazine has recognized the school system.

With more than 22,000 employees, the school system is the largest employer in Gwinnett County and is one of the largest employers in Georgia. A growing school district, GCPS anticipates an enrollment of more than 158,000 students in 2009-10. Gwinnett will open nine new schools and one replacement building this school year and continues to look for new employees to serve students. More than 1,200 teachers joined the school district for the 2008-09 school year. An additional 400 educators will become part of the team in August.

Gwinnett students shine in science education

Several Gwinnett County Public Schools students were recently recognized for their science knowledge in several state-level, national and international competitions.

A Gwinnett student team earned the 2009 State Science Bowl Competition championship title, while several other students from across the county performed well during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Senior Division of the 2009 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, and the Junior Division of the 2009 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. The students represent three different Gwinnett high schools and three middle schools.

Five students from Parkview High brought home the 2009 State Science Bowl Competition trophy. Team members Murat Johnson, Dipesh Patel, Timmy Philip, Siddhartha Deep Datta Roy and Josh Wong participated in the tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge and recognize students' knowledge in science and mathematics. The Parkview High team qualified to represent Georgia during the national competition.

Two of four Gwinnett teams selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nev., earned honors. The students presented their scientific research, facing off against thousands of students from all corners of the world. Mayank Tahilrahami of Peachtree Ridge High earned a second place award of $2,000 and will have an asteroid named in his honor by MIT. Parkview High's Courtney Reed placed fourth, receiving an award of $500. The team of Lizzy O'Connor and Jennifer Onyewuenyi of Collins Hill High also competed in the international fair.

More than 50 Gwinnett students participated in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. High school students competed in the Senior Division, while the Junior Division welcomed student-researched projects from middle-schoolers. In the Senior Division, 15 teams and individual students received special awards, 10 placed second, while the following five students and their projects earned top awards as first-place winners:

· Rashmi Anand of Peachtree Ridge High

· Ella Carr of Peachtree Ridge High

· Ashley Hoffman of Collins Hill High

· Andrea Kuklenyik of Collins Hill High

· Emily Summerbell of Collins Hill High

Cory Bhowmik of Trickum Middle brought home the Grand Award in the Junior Division, and the following students also earned top honors:

· Arturo Diaz of J.P. McConnell Middle

· Sam Gauspohl of Trickum Middle

· Erika Ikizake of Shiloh Middle

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