By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
More than 11,100 students to receive a GCPS diploma

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than to 11,100 students will earn their high school diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) this week. The 11,130 high school seniors will walk across the stage this week as the school district congratulates the Class of 2015, the largest and most decorated to date. 

“We salute the Class of 2015 and all that these students have accomplished,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “Graduation is the capstone of a student’s K-12 academic career. It is a big moment for these students, their families, and the school district. This is a highly decorated class in terms of scholarships and accomplishments. They are among the best prepared of any graduating class and many of them will continue their education, attending schools all over the world. We wish them well and congratulate them on their hard work and persistence, knowing they are ready for the future. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I also would like to thank their families and the thousands of teachers who provided support and guidance to them throughout the years.”

The senior report for the Class of 2015 shows that:
83% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority, or 85% of them, plans to attend college in Georgia. 
The seniors who plan to continue their education have been offered, as of April of 2015, nearly $155 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 
The majority of the scholarship amount, nearly $84.1 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received more than $64.6 million in athletic scholarships, and nearly $6 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include HOPE, the QuestBridge Scholarship recipients, the Broad Scholars, or the Gates Millennium Scholars. 
As of May of 2015, 31 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Eight of the seniors are Berkmar High graduates. Thirteen Gwinnett students, including three from Meadowcreek High and a second group of three seniors from South Gwinnett High, will have their college career paid in full as Gates Millennium Scholars. And, as a result of GCPS being named a winner of the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education, 26 Gwinnett seniors will receive two- or four-year scholarships.
15 students received military appointments.

The students are:

School Student School/Branch

Archer High

Robbierre Armstrong

U.S. Naval Academy

Archer High

Dillon Bliss

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Archer High

Elliot Lee

U.S. Air Force Academy

Brookwood High

Austin Kelley

U.S. Naval Academy

Central Gwinnett High

Christopher Shelling

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Collins Hill High

Pyung Choi

U.S. Naval Academy

Duluth High

Alexander Broomfield

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Lanier High

Avery Evans

U.S. Naval Academy

Mill Creek High

Benjamin Harris

U.S. Air Force Academy

Mountain View High

Kendel Wright

U.S. Naval Academy

Norcross High

Abram Alexander

U.S. Air Force Academy

Norcross High

Hadiyah Underwood

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Parkview High

Cally Truong

U.S. Naval Academy

Peachtree Ridge High

Tyler Campbell

United States Military Academy at West Point

Shiloh High

Aulden Eatmon

U.S. Naval Academy


Mill Creek High graduates the largest class this year with 799 students, closely followed by Brookwood High with 795, and Norcross High with 788 
The Class of 2015 also includes 2,671 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.
During their high school career, 5,150 seniors took 12,408 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
While members of the Class of 2015 were working on their high school diploma, 459 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. They are:

School

Valedictorian

(1st in Class)

Salutatorian

(2nd in Class)

Graduates

Honor Graduates

Archer High

Mary Mahaffey

John Mahaffey

547

164

Berkmar High

Sally Tran

Juan Eduardo Martinez

654

110

Brookwood High

Ryan Chen

Laboni Hoque

795

240

Central Gwinnett High

Amelia Melas

Rhodalene Benjamin-Addy

516

68

Collins Hill High

Aksal Vashi

Kenneth Williams

629

182

Dacula High

Jennifer Vezeau

Douglas Byron Allen Stewart

398

55

Duluth High

Kishan Chudasama

Vishnu Ramachandran

558

129

Grayson High

Shah Khan

Yash Shirsath

617

140

Gwinnett County Online Campus

Abigail Harrison

Jarod Sjogren

24

4

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Josh Brunner

Grayson Noah

187

79

Lanier High

Dain Song 

Ji Hee Min

334

74

Meadowcreek High

Christina Bui

Lilian Hoang

570

73

Mill Creek High

Katherine Victoria Harrison

Birk Evavold

799

263

Mountain View High

Kasey Bell

Gabrielle Marquez

467

107

Norcross High

Ethan Chervonski

Matthew Chen

788

157

North Gwinnett High

Elton Lossner

Megan Paik

597

242

Parkview High

Kexin Zhang

Ziyu “Julia” Ding

637

221

Peachtree Ridge High

Kevin Benjamin Lim

William Broniec

773

251

Phoenix High



231


Shiloh High

Qsanet Negassi Tekie

Courtney Simone Blair

433

56

South Gwinnett High

Olivia Casimir

Destiny Broadnax

531

56


The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 will take place as follows:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Collins Hill High

Location

Gwinnett Center Arena

Time

4 p.m.

Gwinnett Online Campus

GOC Auditorium

7 p.m.

Phoenix High

Gwinnett Grand Ballroom

7 p.m.

Peachtree Ridge High

Gwinnett Center Arena

8 p.m.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Berkmar High


Gwinnett Center Arena 4pm

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and 
Technology

Gwinnett Center – Exhibit Hall

5 p.m. 

Central Gwinnett High

Central Gwinnett High Stadium

7 p.m.

Brookwood High

Brookwood High Community Stadium

8 p.m.

Grayson High

Gwinnett Center Arena

8 p.m.

Mill Creek High

Mill Creek High, Markham Field

8 p.m.

Parkview High

Parkview High Stadium

8 p.m.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mountain View High


Gwinnett Center Arena 8am

Lanier High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

12 p.m.

North Gwinnett High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

4 p.m.

Norcross High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

8 p.m.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Archer High 


Gwinnett Center  Arena 8pm

Shiloh High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

12 p.m.

Duluth High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

4 p.m. 

Meadowcreek High

Gwinnett Center  Arena

8 p.m.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

South Gwinnett High

Dacula High


Gwinnett Center Arena                                    2pm

 

Gwinnett Center Arena 6 p.m.