Lanier High School recently hosted its first Decision Day to celebrate seniors and their postsecondary decisions.

The event highlighted seniors who have committed to a plan after high school. Students were recognized for choosing to enroll in technical programs, apprenticeships, private colleges and public universities. Students were also honored for their decisions to enter the workforce or enlist in the military.

”When I saw my name on the screen with my decision, it became so real that I’m actually going to college,” said Brisa Jahuey, a senior at Lanier.

Jahuey will be the first person in her family to attend college when she starts at the University of North Georgia this fall.

At the event, senior Micah Dixon gave a student perspective of the Lanier experience, and Paul Radford, the city manager of Sugar Hill, gave the keynote address. Representatives from Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia State University, Gwinnett Technical College, Kennesaw State University and the University of North Georgia attended the event to support students. Members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force were also present for the event.

Maxwell culinary arts teacher named ProStart Educator of Excellence

Amanda Williams, a culinary arts teacher at Maxwell High School of Technology, is the 2019 ProStart Educator of Excellence.

Williams received the honor at The Hospitality Foundation of Georgia’s annual ProStart State Championship event. According to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, recipients of this award demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help his or her students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers.

“Chef Williams works tirelessly to ensure our program is a flagship program, not just in Georgia, but in the nation,” Maxwell Principal Jeff Hall said. “She is passionate about the curriculum and about her role in helping her students. She is the kind of teacher you want your own children to have and I am fortunate to have her on our team at Maxwell.”

GCPS announces scholarship winners

McClain Hermes of Gwinnett Online Campus and Amilyn Bess Gurta of Mill Creek High School are the 2019 Louise Radloff Scholarship winners.

This scholarship provides funds for GCPS high school seniors who have overcome a significant challenge in order to graduate and pursue postsecondary training in preparation for college or a career. This year’s recipients will each receive $2,000. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Peach State Federal Credit Union, in partnership with the GCPS Foundation, to honor the decades of service by Gwinnett County Board of Education member Louise Radloff and in recognition of her work on behalf of those most in need.

Jaylah Epsy of Grayson High School and Ewunet Endalk of Archer High School are winners of the 2019 Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship.

This scholarship, sponsored by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, is a one-time award of $1,000 for one or more college-bound GCPS seniors who are planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university. Selection is based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities or volunteer work as well as a commitment to making a difference in the community.

GCPS students earn accolades in technical education conferences

Several Gwinnett students have placed in technical education competitions recently.

Six students earned first or second place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference.

The winners are:

♦ Journee Denson of Berkmar High, second place in Culinary ArtsTamoya Nelson of Berkmar High, second place in Culinary ArtsGustavo Perez Garcia of Berkmar High, second place in Culinary ArtsKarissa Jackson of Maxwell High School of Technology, first place in Interpersonal Communications-Occupational DivisionAnsley Faloni of Mountain View High, second place in Etiquette Online Proficiency TestingMadelyn Peta of Mountain View High, second place in Event Planning-Occupational Division.

FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer science education. FCCLA Leadership competitions focus on a variety of youth concerns including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, inter-generational communication and career education. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life planning, goal-setting, problem-solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication that are necessary in the home and workplace. The 2019 National Leadership Conference will take place in July in Anaheim, California.

Ten GCPS students took top honors at the HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference. The winners include:

♦ Sandra Bangiyev of Duluth High, second place in Dental TerminologyArin Dorsey of Duluth High, first place in Researched Persuasive Writing and SpeakingAriya Desai of North Gwinnett High, second place in Speaking SkillsElizabeth McKenzie of North Gwinnett High, first place in Health Career PhotographyLawrence Zhou of Parkview High, first place in Medical MathRobert Cranston of Shiloh High, first place in Emergency Medical TechnicianRachel Lubula of Shiloh High, second place in Health EducationDemi Minus of Shiloh High, second place in Health EducationSheyenne Reyes of Shiloh High, first place in Emergency Medical TechnicianAmmeyonne Smith of Shiloh High, second place in Health Education.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. It has a two-fold mission: to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The winners will represent GCPS at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in June in Orlando, Florida.

Additionally, GCPS students brought home nearly a dozen top awards at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. The students won a total of 11 first or second place honors, with Dacula Middle School earning the title of Overall Georgia FBLA Middle Level Chapter of the Year. The winners include:

♦ Jacob Jenkins of Dacula Middle, second place in Microsoft Office Concepts;

♦ Jolie Liu, Sydney Nghiem and Nikita Shah of Brookwood High, second place in Hospitality Management-Team Event;

♦ Reagan Patterson of Brookwood High, second place in Public Speaking;

♦ Mya Swaby of Brookwood High, second place in Sales Presentation;

♦ Timothy Wargo of Brookwood High, second place in Accounting I;

♦ Tia Wren of Collins Hill High, first place in Mobile App Development;

♦ Daniella Bustos of Discovery High, first place in Global Business-Individual Event; and

♦ Kasfia Kazi and Clinton Nguyen of Parkview High, first place in Management Decision Making-Team Event.

FBLA is a partner in business education and student leadership development and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as an integral part of a co-curricular approach to business and leadership education. The FBLA mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The winners will represent GCPS at the National Leadership Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas.

Summerour student advances to national history competition

A sixth-grader at Summerour Middle School will represent Georgia in a national history competition.

Gabriella Bartlett will compete at the National History Day Competition in June at the University of Maryland. Bartlett qualified for the competition after her research paper, “The Devil Made Me Do It: The Salem Witch Trials,” won second place in the Junior Division, Research Paper category at the State National History Day competition. Bartlett was joined at the state competition by Khang Tran, a Summerour student who also qualified, and Summerour teachers Edith Riehm and David Sollot.

GCPS schedules Child Find meetings on services for students with disabilities

Gwinnett County Public Schools has planned an information meeting in an effort to identify and support students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in private or home school programs in Gwinnett County.

Attendees to the Child Find meeting will receive information about services available through the school system to support students with disabilities. The 2019 GCPS Child Find Meeting will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. The meeting will be held in the Central Gwinnett Room (Room 2.111) in Building 200.

The school system is required to locate and identify children from birth to age 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services. If you are not able to attend the meeting and believe you may have a child in your home with a disability or if you have questions, call GCPS Parent Mentors Jackie McNair at 678-301-7149 or Dawn Albanese at 678-301-7212 or the Office of Compliance at 678-301-7104.

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