Parkview, Mountain View students shine in economics education



Gwinnett County Public Schools students from Mountain View and Parkview high schools and their social studies teachers earned several awards throughout the 2010-11 school year after top finishes in several economics education competitions.

Here are some highlights:

• Georgia Economics Challenge

Parkview High competed against 11 other Georgia teams during this competition, finishing first and therefore becoming Georgia’s 2011 National Economics Challenge winner. The group of students worked as individuals and as a team, taking a series of tests on microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics.

The Parkview High team of William Gausphol, Brynna Paulakaitis, Sona Sadselia and Tim Wu was lead by Parkview High economics teacher Gary Petmecky. Wu also won the award for having the highest individual score in the competition, earning a 270 out of a possible 300.

• Stock Market Game

Parkview High economics students also took Georgia’s top finishes in the Stock Market Game during both the fall and spring competitions. Each team starts the game with a hypothetical $100,000 in common stocks listed on the major exchanges. Students make hypothetical trades during the 10-week game.

During the fall semester, the school was the statewide winner, with an ending portfolio value of $276,235. Team members were students Jonathon Benken, Mary Kidane and Alina Saveli. Parkview High teacher Mark Leviton was the team advisor.

Mountain View High was the statewide runner-up in the fall, with an ending portfolio value of $193,112. Mountain View High teacher Scotty McDaniel advised the team of Jamie Stuart, Camden Valentine and Lauren May.

Parkview High came back and won again during the spring with another team of students — Mitchell Reynolds, Robert Romaine and Zachary Yoder. The school ended the game as statewide runner-up with a $149,441 portfolio. The team advisor was Leviton.

• Stock Market Game Adviser

Parkview’s Leviton took top honors in the state competition among Stock Market Game advisers for both the fall and spring competitions.

Maxwell student in health care nationals

A Gwinnett County Public Schools student recently competed in the Health Occupations Student Organization National Leadership Conference in California.

Hayley Dianne Fowler, a Mill Creek High student who took technical education courses at Maxwell High School of Technology, has advanced to nationals after her top performance at the state level.

Fowler finished second at the Georgia HOSA competition, competing in the physical therapy category. HOSA is a student organization which mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Jade Gillispie was Fowler’s teacher during the 2010-11 school year in the Healthcare Science Program at Maxwell High School of Technology.

Business owners recognize Gwinnett’s brightest

After walking across the stage last month to receive their high school diplomas, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 19 valedictorians received an award from Gwinnett Clinic owners Drs. Meena and J.J. Shah.

In conjunction with the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, the Shah Family sponsored the Award for Excellence in Academics Scholarship by honoring the valedictorians of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Class of 2011 with $300 each.

“Gwinnett County has been an outstanding place to raise our family, serve our patients and enjoy the benefits of a vibrant community,” the Shahs said in a statement. “It is a pleasure to recognize the deserving young people of Gwinnett.”

Originally established in Gwinnett County in 1983, the Gwinnett Clinic has grown to 20 locations throughout North Georgia. The Shah family has supported GCPS’ valedictorians with this award and scholarship since 2006.

Gwinnett Federal Credit Union gives $50K to Gwinnett Tech Foundation

Gwinnett Federal Credit Union has pledged $50,000 to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation to fund student scholarships over the next 10 years.

The gift from Gwinnett Federal Credit Union comes in celebration of its 50th anniversary and honors Gwinnett FCU’s longstanding relationship as the college’s credit union.

“As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, this financial commitment to Gwinnett Tech continues our tradition of supporting the educational systems that comprise the majority of our membership,” said Marshall Boutwell, president and CEO of Gwinnett Federal Credit Union. “Gwinnett Tech has been affiliated with Gwinnett Federal Credit Union since the college’s inception in 1984. This financial commitment is a tangible way for us to express our appreciation for all that Gwinnett Tech does in the community.”

Gwinnett Tech is among the nation’s fastest-growing two-year colleges, ranked 11th by Community College Week Magazine when compared to schools of similar size. The college serves more than 22,000 students annually in credit, adult education and continuing education classes.

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