L-R: Matthew Lescota of Brookwood HS, Shama Khan of Central Gwinnett HS, and GCPS Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Juliet La of Discovery HS. Courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Gwinnett honors career, technical education students

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 recognition program and named the overall winner.

The students were selected from a field of high-performing high school students within the school district and honored at an awards banquet on March 20, at Gwinnett Technical College’s Busbee Center. 

The 2019 winners are: 

Juliet La of Discovery High School, (Marketing), overall winner and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship provided by Learning Labs, Inc. 

Shama Khan of Central Gwinnett High School, (Healthcare) 1st runner-up and recipient of a $750 scholarship provided by Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association 

Matthew Lescota of Brookwood High School, (Engineering & Entrepreneurship), 2nd runner-up and recipient of a $500 scholarship provided by Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation. 

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

Rebecca Young of Archer High School 

Liul Shimels of Berkmar High School 

Matthew Lescota of Brookwood High School 

Shama Khan of Central Gwinnett High School 

Tia Wren of Collins Hill High School 

Michael Milroy of Dacula High School 

Juliet La of Discovery High School 

Karina Siberon of Duluth High School 

Daniel Lett of Grayson High School 

Cameron Smith of Grayson Technical Program 

Anushka Saxena of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology 

Britley Jones of Lanier High School 

Ryan Bronaugh of Maxwell High School of Technology 

Alicia Ramirez-Hernandez of Meadowcreek High School 

Melody Pogula of Mill Creek High School 

Lauryn Jackson of Mountain View High School 

Melanie Gonzales of Norcross High School 

Julianne Pace of North Gwinnett High School 

Kasfia Kazi of Parkview High School 

Smit Patel of Peachtree Ridge High School 

Sanisha Shah of Paul Duke STEM High School 

Angie Alvarez of Phoenix High School 

Nimra Khan of Shiloh High School 

Elijah Smith of South Gwinnett High School 

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.

Information: gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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