Seniors to graduate this month

After 13 years of school, more than 9,000 students in Gwinnett County will receive their high school diplomas this month.

The majority of the students -- 8,661 of them -- will graduate from one of Gwinnett County Public Schools' 18 high schools.

"Graduation is traditionally the time for us to celebrate our students' achievements ... and for the Class of 2010 there is certainly much to celebrate," Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said. "They have achieved much during their academic careers in our schools and their futures are bright.

"However, graduation also is an appropriate time to acknowledge Gwinnett's outstanding teachers. Because for each member of this year's graduating class there are elementary, middle, and high school teachers who have made a difference along the way, helping these students achieve their dreams and believe in themselves."

For more on this year's graduating class including photos of each school's valedictorian and salutatorian, see the Community section.