A Revolutionary War battle summary recently written by Osborne Middle School eighth-grade students is a permanent fixture at the Georgia State Capitol.

GCPS announced the summary of The Battle of Kettle Creek, a skirmish in Wilkes County, was made into a plaque.

Students were asked to write the summary by Steve Fanczi, a parent of three former Osborne Middle students and the executive director for the Georgia Building Authority. Fanczi is responsible for the management of facilities in the Capitol Hill Complex, including the Capitol building and Liberty Plaza.

The plaque is located in Liberty Plaza, across the street from the capitol building.

Gwinnett students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Sixty-four Gwinnett County Public Schools seniors were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in an announcement by the district on Wednesday.

The students, from 14 GCPS high schools, are part of approximately 16,000 students from across the nation to be named semifinalists.

The 64 seniors were chosen based on their college entrance exam scores and are competing with other semifinalists from around the nation for some 7,500 National Merit scholarships, worth more than $31 million.

Approximately 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. National Merit semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. is A student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received are taken into consideration for awarding National Merit Scholarships.

Recipients of the National Merit Scholarship will be named during the spring.

The 2019 Gwinnett National Merit semifinalists are:


• Sela G. Redford


• Aashay H. Amin

• Lawrence J. Bradley

• Brian R. Compau

• Thi H. Dao

• Sara Delawalla

• Eric Lin

• Allen G. Moore

• Haritaa Mourougassamy

• Abigail A. Obeng-Marnu

• Zhiyuan J. Qiu

• Dawson S. Thomas

Collins Hill

• Brett P. Muegel


• Mark M. Tran


• Aidan S. Donelan

• Vani Senthil

• Atanas C. Tenev

• Andrew Xu

• Jessica E. Yeh


• Mesum A. Zaidi

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

• Jesse Chen

• Jonathan J. Choi

• Joshua Y. Chough

• Nicholas M. Couchara

• Dawei Gao

• Eyosias A. Gebremeskel

• Madison J. Greer

• Alex T. Kim

• Ryan T. Lynch

• Katherine E. Spencer

• Martin J. Still

• Julius L. Tao

• Abbey S. Tilson

• Daniela Uribe

• Emily Wang

• Brandon W. Woodward

• Emily L. Xu

• Joseph Zhang

• Shawn X. Zhu


• Fiona C. Jones

Mill Creek

• Calvin Shaw

Mountain View

• Suraj V. Modi


• Jacob Bottomley

• Joseph Mao

• Lennox E. Xu

North Gwinnett

• Vishnu K. Achar

• Emma R. Barfield

• Abigail A. Blackmon

• Du S. Chiang

• Madeline V. Franz

• Jack P. Langan

• Amy Park

• Elise W. Park

• Jackson Wegmet


• Angela S. Lee

• Priyanka Menon

• Ryan Tay

• Kareena J. Udeshi

Peachtree Ridge

• James Cai

• Julian G. Heske

• Shawn Im

• Abby T. Le

• James Lee

• Jungah Soh

Five GCPS students named to state Student Advisory Council

Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods selected more than 120 Georgia students to serve on his 2018-2019 Student Advisory Council, including five Gwinnett County Public Schools students.

Hull Middle School seventh-graders Chason Bell and Nathaniel Dula, Snellville Middle eighth-grader Macire Kebe, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology 11th-grader Arnav Jain and Mill Creek 11th-grader How’Ron Nesbitt were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants to serve on the council.

Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience.

Throughout the school year, middle and high school students will meet with Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools and participate in service projects.

“Every day, I’m faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia’s kids,” Woods said. “Because of the students who serve on this council, I’m better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement.”

Student Advisory Council meetings will be held Oct. 10, Nov. 28, Feb. 5 and May 13 for middle school students. High school students will meet Oct. 11, Nov. 29, Feb. 6 and May 14.

Berkeley Lake celebrates 35th anniversary

On Friday, Berkeley Lake Elementary School celebrated the school’s 35th anniversary with a back-to-school bash. The event featured bingo, music and dancing, a bounce house, games and food trucks. Berkeley Lake Elementary is located at 4300 South Berkeley Lake Rd. in Duluth and is part of the Duluth cluster.

Good News from Schools appears in the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Sunday Edition, highlighting achievements and success. Trevor McNaboe is the Gwinnett Daily Post’s education reporter. He can be reached at trevor.mcnaboe@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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