By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS Class of 2016 and graduatation schedule
More than 11,600 students to receive a GCPS diploma

By Bernard Watson

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 11,600 seniors are preparing to walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).

The Class of 2016, boasting a potential 11,645 high school graduates, is GCPS’ largest and most decorated to date. 

“We salute the Class of 2016 and all of their accomplishments,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “Graduation is a special time in a student’s K-12 academic career. It is a big moment for these students, their families, and the school district. This year’s graduates are among the best prepared of any graduating class and we expect that they will achieve great things. We wish them well as they move on to the next chapter of their lives, knowing they are ready for the future. These students have worked hard for their diploma and the honors they have achieved… however, they were not alone on the journey. With that in mind, I congratulate the families of our graduates and the many teachers who helped to shape the lives of these students… working together you have encouraged, engaged and energized the Class of 2016.”

The senior report for the Class of 2016 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 2016, nearly $153 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. 

•The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $97.3 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received nearly $49 million in athletic scholarships, and nearly $6.7 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include scholarships associated with HOPE, QuestBridge, the Broad Scholars, or the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. 

•As of May of 2016, a record 18 Gwinnett seniors had earned full scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. In addition, 18 students received full scholarships through the QuestBridge College Match Program. 

•A record 17 GCPS students received military appointments. They are:

Brookwood HS
Zachary Jennings US Naval Academy
Andrew Rankin US Naval Academy

Collins Hill HS 
Matthew Herbig USAir Force Academy

Grayson HS
Riley Eck US Military Academy at West Point (Army) 
Ulysses Cadet US Naval Academy

Lanier HS 
Ashton Barnes US Air Force Academy

Mill Creek HS   
Diego Manrique US Naval Academy
Ernando Manrique US Naval Academy
Ashley Sandquist US Coast Guard Academy

Mountain View HS
Kyle Baker US Naval Academy
Jared Gee US Coast Guard Academy

North Gwinnett HS 
David Abbott US Naval Academy
 Tricia Dang US Air Force Academy

Peachtree Ridge HS  
Justin Jang US Military Academy at West Point (Army)

South Gwinnett HS  
Devon Canterbury US Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Christopher Skyers US Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Trontavious Tate US Military Academy at West Point (Army)

•Mill Creek High will graduate the largest class this year with 890 students, closely followed by Brookwood High with 810, and Peachtree Ridge High with a potential 757 graduates. 

•The Class of 2016 also includes 3,033 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.

•During their high school career, 6,625 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 3,206 scored a 3 or above on the AP Exam.

•While members of the Class of 2016 were working on their high school diploma, 577 of them also earned college credit through dual enrollment. 

Congratulations to the highest ranking students in each high school, those earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are:

School  Valedictorian   Salutatorian   Graduates   Honor Graduates
             (1st in Class)  (2nd in Class)

Archer HS   Jasmine Moore Morgan Lewis   570    199

Berkmar HS   Mohammad Shahid Awan Melissa Stan   596    110

Brookwood HS   Emma DeJarnette Iris Liu    810   256

Central Gwinnett     Rebecca ThompsonChristiana Oluwatobi Esowhode   483   68

Collins Hill HS   Patricia Granda-MalaverScott Inderrieden   734   292

Dacula HS   Foli Amaizo Aura Berende   449   78

Discovery HS   Toni ‘Sage” Carson   272   23

Duluth HS   Jared Borders Joanne (Jeong) Lee   508   132

GOC   Sydney Morgan Catherine Schall   132   14

Grayson HS   Noah Wilson Anna Scartz    653   177

GSMST   Timothy Gieseking  Thienkhanh Nguyen   200   102

Lanier HS   Basent Saleh Savannah Higgins   389   93

Meadowcreek HS   Samina Uddin  Edgar Andres Gonzalez  537   86

Mill Creek HS   Kristen Gomez  Hannah Lee   890   269

Mountain View     Amy Catherine Jenkins Lauren Schuster   456   119

Norcross HS   Tina Tran Sydney Feinsmith   713   177

North Gwinnett       Nicholas Chang  Mary Truong   667   285

Parkview HS   Anima Shrestha  Lillian Wang   650   205

Peachtree Ridge      Priyanka Desai  Sophia Sakers   757   259

Shiloh HS   Noah Solomon  Cameryn Simone Farrow   401   34

South Gwinnett      Michelle Ortega  Paula-Ann Marie Granston   525   55