Gwinnett County Public Schools has 12,736 graduating seniors this year. COURTESY OF GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Gwinnett school district celebrates graduating seniors

As the 12,736 students graduating from Gwinnett County Public Schools celebrate with virtual ceremonies this week, the district compiled some statistics highlighting their achievements. 

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, the effects of the global pandemic forced them to endure a difficult and unusual ending which makes their accomplishments even more impressive and worthy of celebration, said school officials.

“The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed where and how this year’s senior class completed their high school career, but it cannot take away all that they have accomplished. These students made lasting contributions to our schools— earning prestigious awards and scholarships, state championships, and more,” said CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “As important, they established themselves as civic-minded individuals who contributed to our community through service to others, leadership opportunities, and giving back to Gwinnett. I applaud them for their accomplishments and extend my deep appreciation to the families who supported and encouraged them during their academic career. I also salute the thousands of educators who gave their all to these students, helping these graduates to thrive and to be prepared for their futures.” 

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The senior report for the Class of 2020 shows that: 

• 81.5% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or post-secondary schools. Of those, 85.7 % plan to attend college in Georgia. 

• These seniors have been offered, as of April 2020, more than $204.9 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 

• The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $105 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received more than $92.3 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $7.5 million due to military appointments. These monetary awards do not include HOPE, or full-tuition scholarships associated with the Posse, QuestBridge, or Gates scholarship programs. 

• Mill Creek High graduates the largest class this year with 866 students, closely followed by Brookwood High with 839, and Peachtree Ridge High with 808. 

• The Class of 2020 also includes 3,672 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better. 

• During high school, 6,756 seniors took Advanced Placement courses. 

• While members of the Class of 2020 were working on their high school diploma, 1,887 of them also earned college credit through dual enrollment. 

Gwinnett County Public Schools also salutes the highest-ranked students in each school based on their GPA, those earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are: 

School Valedictorian (first in class);  Salutatorian 

(second in class) 

  • Archer: Cole Thomas; Student did not want name included 
  • Berkmar: Gia-Minh Nguyen; Lavonté Saunders 
  • Brookwood: Jay Patel; Jiyuan Dong 
  • Central Gwinnett: David Palmer; Carolyn Phung 
  • Collins Hill: Matthew Sumanen; Max Schoenfuss 
  • Dacula: Miranda Colon; Matthew Weiss 
  • Discovery: Cindy Ho; Jedidah Titus 
  • Duluth: Shalin Jain; Hussan Ali 
  • Grayson: Claire Mistretta; Abigail Chambers 
  • GSMST: Davin Shi; Wenjun Wang 
  • Gwinnett Online Campus: Catherine Elizabeth Slack; Elizabet Verizova 
  • Lanier: Stella Choi; Mason Ladd 
  • McClure Health Science: Yesenia Lopez; Tanya Rodriguez 
  • Meadowcreek: Valeria Granados; Gigi Tu 
  • Mill Creek: Cassidy Hettesheimer; Bryce Hancock 
  • Mountain View: Shayla Nguyen; Nicholas Isaza 
  • Norcross: Luke Gries; Chance Keown 
  • North Gwinnett: Maya Chande; Alexander Fonzi 
  • Parkview: Toby Nguyen; Rhiannon Eplett 
  • Paul Duke STEM: Chunjin Park; Cameron Potter 
  • Peachtree Ridge: Alice Ao; William Ao 
  • Shiloh: Miriam Martinez Rivera; Catherine Trobradovic 
  • South Gwinnett: Sidney Swanstrom; Princess Deborah Onyeanula

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