By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS Class of 2014: Close to 11,000 students to receive a GCPS diploma

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, close to 11,000 students will earn their high school diploma from Gwinentt County Public Schools (GCPS) this week.

The 10,854 high school seniors will walk across the stage this week as the school district congratulates the Class of 2014, the largest and most decorated to date.

“This has been a great year in GCPS and we are very proud of the Class of 2014,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “Their success in the classroom and in extracurricular activities is notable and has earned them more than $148 million in scholarships— the most ever earned by a class. I am proud of the firm academic foundation these students received in our schools and know that this will serve them well into the future.”

The senior report for the Class of 2014 shows that:
· 84% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority, or 84% of them, plan to attend college in Georgia.
· The seniors who plan to continue their education have been offered, as of April of 2014, more than $148 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships.
· The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $90.5 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received $52.7 million in athletic scholarships, and $5 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include HOPE, the QuestBridge Scholarship recipients, or the Gates Millennium Scholars.
· As of May of 2014, 19 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Nine of the seniors are Berkmar High graduates. (*QuestBridge has named additional winners and this number will be updated once the information has been verified.)
· 15 Gwinnett students, including three from Meadowcreek High and a second group of three seniors from Norcross High, will have their college career paid in full as Gates Millennium Scholars.

· 14 students received military appointments.
The students are:
Archer High | John W. Gillis | U.S. Naval Academy
Berkmar High | Patrick Kelly Sheets | U.S. Naval Academy
Berkmar High | Victor Jamaal | U.S. Naval Academy Hutchinson
Berkmar High | Nestor Mauricio Reyes | U.S. Air Force Academy
Brookwood High | Joshua Jahleel Brown | U.S. Naval Academy
Brookwood High | Austin David Harmel | U.S. Naval Academy
Brookwood High | Daniel Channy Keo | U.S. Naval Academy 
Collins Hill | Taylor Anthony | U.S. Coast Guard | Aguirre Academy 
Mill Creek High | Matthew Ryan Sims | U.S. Naval Academy
Norcross High | Jaquan Frazier | U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Norcross High | Emmanual Nda Aka | U.S. Military Academy at West Point 
Norcross High | Ian Michael Bagent | U.S. Naval Academy 
Parkview High | Jonathan David Stoves | U.S. Naval Academy
Peachtree Ridge | David Ta-Wei Chen | United States Merchant Marine Academy 

· Brookwood High graduates the largest class this year with 802 students, closely followed by Mill Creek High with 800, and Peachtree Ridge High with 758.
· The Class of 2014 also includes 2,523 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
· During their high school career, 5,033 seniors took 12,010 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
· While members of the Class of 2014 were working on their high school diploma, 426 of them also earned college credit through dual enrollment. Several of these honor students were recognized as the highest ranking students in their school, earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. *Two students earned the title of salutatorian at Central Gwinnett High this year