12 students named Gates Millennium Scholars

SUWANEE -- Officials with the Gates Millennium Scholars Program recently announced the largest group of Gwinnett County Public Schools students to receive the organization's award to date.

The prestigious award, which pays full tuition for post-secondary education, is given to 1,000 students from across the country based on academic performance.

The award went to five students from Mountain View High, three from North Gwinnett, and one each from Central, Meadowcreek, Mill Creek and Shiloh High School.

In addition to a full scholarship for undergraduate studies, the Gates Millennium Scholars also qualify for selected graduate and doctoral work.

Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund, the award aims to promote "academic excellence for outstanding minority low-income students."

To earn the scholarship, seniors participated in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities and their families' financial need.

The program was established in 1999 by a $1.6 billion grant fro the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Honorees from GCPS include the following:

-- Earl Hughes, Central Gwinnett

-- Yonnatan Manmektew, Meadowcreek

-- Yong Lee, Mill Creek

-- Victor Mata, Mountain View

-- Hannah-Dulya Menelas, Mountain View

-- Adrianne Osorio, Mountain View

-- Nyles Pollonais, Mountain View

-- Yonas Takele, Mountain View

-- John Koh, North Gwinnett

-- Ha Truong, North Gwinnett

-- Wendy Yang, North Gwinnett

-- Desiree Aighobahi, Shiloh