Education

GCPS Class of 2016

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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:
School Student School/Branch
Brookwood HS      Zachary Jennings United States Naval Academy
Brookwood HS      Andrew Rankin United States Naval Academy
Collins Hill HS      Matthew Herbig United States Air Force Academy
Grayson HS      Riley Eck United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Grayson HS      Ulysses Cadet United States Naval Academy
Lanier HS      Ashton Barnes United States Air Force Academy
Mill Creek HS      Diego Manrique United States Naval Academy
Mill Creek HS      Ernando Manrique United States Naval Academy
Mill Creek HS      Ashley Sandquist United States Coast Guard Academy
Mountain View HS      Kyle Baker United States Naval Academy
Mountain View HS       Jared Gee United States Coast Guard Academy
  North Gwinnett HS      David Abbott United States Naval Academy
  North Gwinnett HS      Tricia Dang United States Air Force Academy
 Peachtree Ridge HS      Justin Jang United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
  South Gwinnett HS      Devon Canterbury United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
South Gwinnett HS      Christopher Skyers United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
South Gwinnett HS      Trontavious Tate United States 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

(1st in Class)

Salutatorian

(2nd in Class)

Graduates Honor Graduates
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 HS Rebecca Thompson Christiana Oluwatobi Esowhode 483 68
Collins Hill HS Patricia Granda-Malaver Scott 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 HS Amy Catherine Jenkins Lauren Schuster 456 119
Norcross HS Tina Tran Sydney Feinsmith 713 177
North Gwinnett HS Nicholas Chang Mary Truong 667 285
Parkview HS Anima Shrestha Lillian Wang 650 205
Peachtree Ridge HS Priyanka Desai Sophia Sakers 757 259
Shiloh HS Noah Solomon Cameryn Simone Farrow 401 34
South Gwinnett HS Michelle Ortega Paula-Ann Marie Granston 525 55

  The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2016 will take place as follows:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Phoenix High

Location

Infinite Energy Theatre

Time

7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dacula High School

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

4 p.m.

Gwinnett School of
Mathematics, Science,
and Technology
 

Infinite Energy Forum

 

5 p.m.

Central Gwinnett High Central Gwinnett Stadium 7 p.m.
Gwinnett Online Campus Gwinnett Online Campus Auditorium 7 p.m.
Archer High Infinite Energy Arena 8 p.m.
Brookwood High Brookwood Stadium 8 p.m.
Mill Creek High Markham Field @ Mill Creek 8 p.m.
Parkview High Parkview Community Stadium 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

South Gwinnett High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Discovery High Infinite Energy Forum 9 a.m.
Duluth High Infinite Energy Arena 12 p.m.
Meadowcreek High Infinite Energy Arena 4 p.m.
Shiloh High Infinite Energy Arena 8 p.m.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Collins Hill High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Grayson High Infinite Energy Arena 12 p.m.
Berkmar High Infinite Energy Arena 4 p.m.
Peachtree Ridge High Infinite Energy Arena 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Norcross High

 

Infinite Energy Arena

 

8 a.m.

Lanier High Infinite Energy Arena 12 p.m.
North Gwinnett High Infinite Energy Arena 4 p.m.
Mountain View Infinite Energy Arena 8 p.m.