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Gwinnett County Public Schools system honors top senior athletes

Mountain View's Coleton Brindle (left) and Dacula's Missy Johnson received $500 scholarships Monday as the top award-winners at the Gwinnett County Public Schools' Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet.

Mountain View's Coleton Brindle (left) and Dacula's Missy Johnson received $500 scholarships Monday as the top award-winners at the Gwinnett County Public Schools' Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet.

DULUTH — Gwinnett County Public Schools, filled with accomplished high school athletes, honored the best of the best Monday night.

The GCPS Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet recognized the top male and female student-athlete at every Gwinnett high school, honoring those selections during the fifth annual event at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place.

"We're celebrating way more than athletic success, we're celebrating accomplishments in life," said Dan Seckinger, chairman of the GCPS Board of Education.

A few of the athletes honored were well-known — like Norcross football standout and Georgia recruit Lorenzo Carter — but star power doesn't have anything to do with the senior athlete award. It's based equally on factors like academic success, community service and leadership, achievements that Carter and the other 36 honorees all share.

More than 200 people participated in the celebration, which included each athlete being introduced by a favorite teacher or administrator.

"You hear the accomplishments from these kids and each year surpasses the next," said Mike Emery, the director of athletics, activities and community schools for GCPS and the driving force in getting the banquet going five years ago. "You sit in a room with kids like this, it's all positive. It's all good stuff. When a hear a lot of stuff with young kids that focuses on the negative, you sit in a room and look at these kids and realize things are pretty good."

The night's two big awards went to Dacula's Missy Johnson and Mountain View's Coleton Brindle. They each received a $500 college scholarship, courtesy of Scholastic Images/Balfour and Mall of Georgia Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram, as the top overall female and male senior.

Johnson, who maintains a 103 classroom average and is her school's valedictorian, plans to attend Georgia Tech. She's a member of the Falcons' soccer, swimming and cross country teams.

Brindle, who has a 3.8 GPA, plans to play football at Berry College, where he will major in engineering.

Brice Croxton, a past senior athlete award winner from two years ago, was the event's featured speaker. The North Gwinnett grad, paralyzed in a middle school snow skiing accident, talked about his experiences with the Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports program, which won state football and basketball championships during his prep career.

The 19-year-old is now a sophomore computer engineering major at Georgia Tech.

Outstanding Female Senior Athletes

Archer: Alesha Mann

Berkmar: Meagan Naraine

Brookwood: Ansley Jones

Central Gwinnett: Hannah Supple

Collins Hill: Calli Star

Dacula: Missy Johnson

Duluth: Jazmyn Johnson

Grayson: Breanna Ethridge

Lanier: Amber Cesair

Meadowcreek: Nury Perez-Martinez

Mill Creek: Sydney Sawyer

Mountain View: Meghan Tonnesen

Norcross: Kolby Meeks

North Gwinnett: Maddie Sibilia

Parkview: Megan Reeves

Peachtree Ridge: Addy Lippitt

Shiloh: Briana Stith

South Gwinnett: Taylor Hogan

Outstanding Male Senior Athletes

Archer: John Gillis

Berkmar: Jaquan Morris

Brookwood: Nate Rosetti

Central Gwinnett: Adam Riley

Collins Hill: Sean Russell

Dacula: Austin Collins

Duluth: Alex Brown

Grayson: Mason McIntyre

Gwinnett Heat: Joe Chandler

Lanier: Ricky Viengxay

Meadowcreek: Vienny Phi

Mill Creek: Logan Moseley

Mountain View: Coleton Brindle

Norcross: Lorenzo Carter

North Gwinnett: Caleb Scott

Parkview: John Patterson

Peachtree Ridge: Steven Tomlinson

Shiloh: Nahom Solomon

South Gwinnett: Montrell Marshall