A Star is Born!

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Photo courtesy of: John Forbes, Brookwood High student

Gwinnett County Public Schools honors exceptional students and teachers

Brookwood High School senior Akshaya Suresh and teacher Mr. Dana Kling were recognized as the county”s STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) winners at this year”s annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon. The winners were selected from a pool of honorees from every Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school and private school.

Each STAR student is the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. The STAR Teachers were selected by each student as the educator who had a strong influence on his or her academic career. Akshaya”s perfect score on the SAT helped distinguish her as the GCPS winner. Mr. Kling taught Akshaya as an 11th grader during her gifted language arts class.

Congratulations to the additional 2011 STAR students and teachers representing GCPS:

Priya Malhotra, Archer High
Sandy McAdams, Archer High teacher

Destiny Cobb, Berkmar High
Joni Prillaman, Berkmar High teacher

Akshaya Suresh, Brookwood High (Gwinnett County STAR Student winner)
Mr. Dana Kling, Brookwood High teacher (Gwinnett County STAR Teacher

Christopher “Rhett”# Henry, Central Gwinnett High
Kim Mallett, Central Gwinnett High teacher

Peter Schnaak, Collins Hill High
Laura Herbig, Collins Hill High teacher

Melinda “Mindy”# Johnson, Dacula High
Jason Berube, Dacula High teacher

Grace Liu, Dacula High
Ashley Muck, Dacula High teacher

Nihar Madhavan, Duluth High
Carole Hunter, Duluth High teacher

Jaya Powell, Grayson High
Cristy Edwards, Grayson High teacher

Daniel Park, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Jeff Burmester, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Luke Richerson, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Seth Hersch, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Christina Hardison, Lanier High
Heather Childs, Lanier High teacher

Daniel Ionescu, Meadowcreek High
Dr. Steven DuPouy, Meadowcreek High teacher

Katherine Horst, Mill Creek High
Jenifer Clark, Mill Creek High teacher

Samuel “Sam”# Yang, Mountain View High
Garin Berry, Mountain View High teacher

Andrea Howard, Norcross High
Dwayne Alvis, Norcross High teacher

Ankur Shah, North Gwinnett High
Joe Higgins, North Gwinnett High teacher

David Zhang, North Gwinnett High
Kevin Blankenship, North Gwinnett High teacher

Tianqi “Tim”# Wu, Parkview High
Amber Leazenbee, Parkview High teacher

Neil Patel, Peachtree Ridge High
Dean Landers, Peachtree Ridge High teacher

Deepan Mehta, Peachtree Ridge High
Dr. Dennis Hembree, Peachtree Ridge High teacher

Taylor Groff, Phoenix High
Dr. Mark Stern, Phoenix High teacher

Kristen Lemaster, Shiloh High
Patrick Norton, Shiloh High teacher

Rachel Harrison, South Gwinnett High
Kimberly Queen, South Gwinnett High

As GCPS” STAR student, Akshaya will move on to the region competition where she and her STAR teacher will be recognized and compete for the regional title. In the spring, regional winners will vie for the honor of being named Georgia”s 2011 STAR Student and Teacher.

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