Matthew Lacosta, from left, of Brookwood High, Shama Khan of Central Gwinnett High and Juliet La of Discovery High were named winners in Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2019 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year awards program. La was named the GCPS Career and Technical Education Student of the Year. (Special Photo)

Recognizing their achievement in Career and Technical Education courses, Gwinnett County Public Schools recently highlighted the work of 24 high school students during its 2019 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year awards program.

The selection process required nominated students to submit a transcript, a letter of recommendation from the nominating teacher, information on participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization, details about their community service and an essay. In the final piece of the competition, students participated in an interview conducted by a panel of judges consisting of business and industry leaders.

Juliet La, a marketing student at Discovery High School, was named the overall winner and received a $1,000 scholarship provided by Learning Labs.

Shama Khan, a health care student at Central Gwinnett High School, was named first runner-up and received a $750 scholarship provided by Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. Matthew Lescota, an engineering and entrepreneurship student at Brookwood High School, was named second runner-up and received a $500 scholarship provided by the GCPS Foundation.

In addition to the county honorees, this annual recognition saluted the top Career and Technical Education students from each high school. In addition to the above winners, these students are:

● Rebecca Young, Archer High

● Liul Shimels, Berkmar High

● Tia Wren, Collins Hill High

● Michael Milroy, Dacula High

● Karina Siberon, Duluth High

● Cameron Smith, Grayson Technical Program

● Anushka Saxena, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

● Britley Jones, Lanier High

● Ryan Bronaugh, Maxwell High School of Technology

● Alicia Ramirez-Hernandez, Meadowcreek High

● Melody Pogula, Mill Creek High

● Lauryn Jackson, Mountain View High

● Melanie Gonzales, Norcross High

● Julianne Pace, North Gwinnett High

● Kasfia Kazi, Parkview High

● Smit Patel, Peachtree Ridge High

● Sanisha Shah, Paul Duke STEM High,

● Angie Alvarez, Phoenix High

● Nimra Khan, Shiloh High

● Elijah Smith, South Gwinnett High

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