Tech student of the year 3 finalistLeft to right: Chase Matheson (2nd runner up); Keyon Whyte (1st runner up), and Matthew McDaniel (Overall Winner)

Archer’s McDaniel Receives 2017 Excellence in Career and Technical Education Student of the Year
By Staff Reports

Recognizing their achievement in Career and Technical Education courses during their high school careers, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) recently highlighted the work of 23 high school students during the Gwinnett County Public Schools 2017 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year awards recognition program.

The students were selected from a field of high-performing high school students within Gwinnett County Public Schools. The students were honored during an awards banquet on March 22, 2017, at the Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical College.

The 2017 GCPS winners are:
Matthew McDaniel of Archer High School— Overall Winner Recipient of a $1,000 scholarship provided by Gwinnett Employer Committee
Keyon Whyte of Duluth High School— 1st runner up Recipient of a $750 scholarship provided by Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
Chase Matheson of Phoenix High School— 2nd runner up Recipient of a $500 scholarship provided by Gwinnett Employee Committee

In addition to naming the district’s top Career and Technical Education students, the annual recognition saluted the top students from each high school. Honorees from each high school include:
Matthew McDaniel of Archer High School
Luis Ramirez of Berkmar High School 
Angelica Wagner of Brookwood High School • Ryan Avril of Central Gwinnett High School 
Madelyn Thornberry of Collins Hill High School 
Ray Haggins III of Dacula High School 
Genevieve Vianey of Discovery High School 
Keyon Whyte of Duluth High School 
Mark Thompson of Grayson High School 
Dante Rhodes of Grayson Technical Program (Dante attends South Gwinnett High School and is enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses at Grayson Technical Program
Clarisse Matyczyk of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology 
Nellie Bugera of Lanier High School 
Lesley Aguirre-Cardenas of Maxwell High School of Technology (Lesley attends Shiloh High School and is enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses at Maxwell High School of Technology
Aljon Pineda of Meadowcreek High School 
Carter Neely of Mill Creek High School 
Clara Sulek of Mountain View High School 
Alexis Gutierrez of Norcross High School 
Michael Tralongo of North Gwinnett High School 
Judy Liu of Parkview High School 
Citlali Mota of Peachtree Ridge High School 
Chase Matheson of Phoenix High School 
Olivia Bill of Shiloh High School 
William Healy of South Gwinnett High School

The selection process requires nominated students to submit a transcript, a letter of recommendation from the nominating teacher, information on participation in a Career and Technical student organization, examples of community service, and an essay. The final requirement was an interview conducted by a panel of judges consisting of business and industry leaders which included representation from the Gwinnett County Department of Labor.

(Published April 2017)

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