SUWANEE -- Budding web designers, broadcast journalists, nutritionists, biotechnologists and dietitians talked with excitement Wednesday about the role technical education has played in their lives.
Up and comers from all fields were honored by Gwinnett County Public Schools during the annual Technical Education Awards Program.
Out of 22 high school students highlighted during the annual banquet, officials with the school district selected Shiv Patel of North Gwinnett High School as overall student of the year as well as Archer High School's Sienna Brown, first runner up, and Christina Ethridge of Grayson Technical Program, second runner-up.
Patel said the technical education program at North Gwinnett has "allowed me to see opportunities I had never seen before. I no longer see myself as a coder or a programmer, but as an entrepreneur. It has helped me a lot, and I'm sure it's helped a lot of other students too."
Brown said the technical education classes have given her "the opportunity to explore new fields and my passions. Thanks to my study of video broadcasting, I have decided to take the next steps toward my future."
Ethridge said her time at Grayson Tech has also served her well.
"I came to the school's bio technology program with the dream of someday working in a lab, and the experiences I've gained because of the technical education program will prepare me for the challenges that will come my way," Ethridge said.
Other honorees at the event were: Ethan Mitchell, Buford High School; Linda Nguyen, Berkmar; Danielle Jozwowski, Brookwood; Tri Nguyen, Central Gwinnett; Farhan Charania, Collins Hill; Mason Davenport, Dacula; Vronica Macias, Duluth; Naila Maric, Grayson; Alissa Valvo, Lanier; Anthony Chiu, Maxwell; Emilliam Udekigbo, Meadowcreek; Alissa Stringer, Mill Creek; William Everett, Mountain View; Amanda Northrup, Norcross; Phoebe Pearson, Parkview; Tyler Thornton, Peachtree Ridge; Kayla Mitten, Phoenix; Mytese Simmons, Shiloh; and Adomya Dawit, South Gwinnett.