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Local school wins statewide S.T.E.M. award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Technology Association of Georgia announced Monday that Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology has earned the organization's inaugural S.T.E.M. Education Award for the high school category.

The distinction, which aims to recognize schools for promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia, was a win for the school as well as the community, said Principal Jeff Mathews.

"It's a celebration for Gwinnett County at large, because our school system and what we do here can't be successful without the partnerships of the community," Mathews said. "The awards were centered on honoring schools and other programs for their efforts ... and we can't truly support S.T.E.M. without the help of our students and our community partners."

According to a news release from the Technology Association of Georgia, winners were announced during a special, half day event on Friday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

"Hosting the S.T.E.M. Education Awards provides us with an opportunity to recognize the best practices among workforce readiness and S.T.E.M. programs, and by celebrating their efforts we expect to continue building a strong S.T.E.M. community that prepares students for their future careers," said Michael Robertson, executive director of the TAG Education Collaborative.

Melanie Brandt, chief operating officer for TAG, commended winners from the event "for making great strides in advancing S.T.E.M. education."

The Technology Association of Georgia serves more than 17,800 members and hosts more than 200 events every year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 31 industry societies, each of which provides content for TAG constituents.

For more information, visit www.tagonline.org.