(GWINNETT-METRO ATLANTA) March 8, 2019 – The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Partnership Gwinnett partnered to honor Gwinnett’s best and brightest students and teachers at the annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon Friday, March 8. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the event celebrates all local school STAR students from each Gwinnett County high school (public and private), as well as the top student from Buford High (Buford City Schools).

“We are thrilled to honor Gwinnett’s best and brightest students each year at the STAR luncheon,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “Their hard work and dedication, as well as the support from their outstanding teachers, provides the framework for their future success, and we can’t wait to see what they will achieve.”

Each STAR student is the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher as the educator who has had a strong influence on their academic career.

Following this event, the STAR student System Winners will move on to the region competition where they, and their STAR teachers, will be recognized and compete for the regional title. Regional winners will then move on to the state level where one pair will be named Georgia’s 2019 STAR Student and Teacher.

2019 STAR Students and Teachers Representing all Gwinnett County High Schools:

School STAR Student STAR Teacher
Archer High School Sela Redford Joni Jameson
Berkmar High School Sarah Monteiro Malena Mitchell
Brookwood High School *Thi Dao * Dr. Amber Simmons
Buford High School **Mitchell Whalen * Valerie Head
Central Gwinnett High School Amy Truong Andres Serna Lopez
Collins Hill High School LaFayette “Fate” Bussey Mary Bruce
Covenant Christian Academy Zachary “Zack” Reese Susan Owen
Dacula High School Chloe French Christy Belbey
Discovery High School Adam Siffel Dr. Maria Thurmond
Duluth High School * Aidan Donelan * Jonathan Roy
Grayson High School Stephen Joseph Ronald Reid
Greater Atlanta Christian School Victoria Huynh Mary Lynn Huett
Gwinnett Online Campus Daniel Gallagher Michael Herring
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology
* Alex Kim * Laura Gray
Hebron Christian Academy Alexandra Walsh Dr. Calin Pop
Killian Hill Christian School Yifeng “Lisa” Wang Matthew Lewis
Lanier High School John Rumble Michael Reilly
Meadowcreek High School Sabahat Chowdhury Leslie Dunham
Mill Creek High School Calvin Shaw Janna Penn
Mountain View High School Adam Hordines Billy Jones
Norcross High School Jacob Bottomley Martha Haer (Peachtree ES)
North Gwinnett High School Suhwan “Daniel” Lee Vanessa Guilarte
Parkview High School Ryan Tay Susan Parker
Peachtree Ridge High School * Shawn Im * Ann Rodgers
Phoenix High School Sarah Hardin Lisa Rice
Providence Christian Academy Kyra Hoskin Chris Clark
Shiloh High School Robert Cranston Casey Ramel
South Gwinnett High School Samuel “Sam” Oyerinde Erma Davis
Wesleyan School Jennifer Nolan Joseph Cooper

*2019 Gwinnett County System Winner
** 2019 Buford City System Winner

The statewide STAR program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education.


About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

Media Contact
Haley Tolbert | htolbert@partnershipgwinnett.com | 770.232.1174

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