Gwinnett Celebrates 2012 STAR Students and Teachers

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2012 STAR Students and Teachers

Two Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students earned the title of 2012 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Students representing Gwinnett County public schools and Gwinnett County private schools. Michael Song of Brookwood High and Andrew Alin of Norcross High both were announced as the Gwinnett County winners during the recent annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth. The event celebrates all local school STAR students from each GCPS high school, as well as the top student from Buford High (Buford City Schools) and Gwinnett private high schools.

Each STAR student is the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. The Brookwood High and Norcross High winners earned the title for having the highest SAT scores among the districtwide Class of 2012. As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher as the educator who had a strong influence on his/her academic career. Michael Song selected Brookwood High Mathematics Teacher
Chris Michael, while Andrew Alin picked Norcross High Social Studies Teacher James Glenn, who was also honored in 2010 as Gwinnett County”s 2010 High School Teacher of the Year.

“We are very proud of our STAR students and teachers. They are indeed stars, representing the best and brightest in our schools,”# says Dr. Galey Hey, GCPS” deputy superintendent of teaching and learning. “Academically these students have excelled in our schools and are prepared for the future. Part of that preparation was provided by the stellar teachers we also recognize today. We appreciate all that they do day in and day out for our students.”#

The 2012 STAR students and teachers representing GCPS are:

David #Myers, Archer High
Nathan Ulrey, Archer High teacher

Erin Hinesley, Berkmar High
Joni Jameson, Berkmar High teacher

Michael Song, Brookwood High (2012 Gwinnett STAR Student)
Chris Michael, Brookwood High teacher (2012 Gwinnett STAR Teacher)

Joseph #Horenstein, Central Gwinnett High
Lindsay Bates, Central Gwinnett High teacher

Kate Unsworth, Collins Hill High
Barry Gillespie, Collins Hill High teacher

Morgan Lundy, Dacula High
Lesley Buchanan, Dacula High teacher

Jenny (Huage) Kuo, Duluth High
Chris DeCastro, Duluth High teacher

Jake Meadows, Grayson High
Billy Jones, Mountain View High teacher

Aaron Patel, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Seth Hersch, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Matt Dewilde, Lanier High
Michael Reilly, Lanier High teacher

Huyen Nguyen, Meadowcreek High
Giles Judd, Meadowcreek High teacher

Ronan O”Brien, Mill Creek High
Jason Smith, Mill Creek High teacher

Sarah Choi, Mountain View High
Jill England, Mountain View High teacher

Andrew Alin, Norcross High (2012 Gwinnett STAR Student)
James Glenn, Norcross High teacher (2012 Gwinnett STAR Teacher)

Ho Lee, North Gwinnett High
Patrick Yaggy, North Gwinnett High teacher

Tami Mingjing Feng, Parkview High
Maria Raymond, Parkview High teacher

Jackson Winfrey, Peachtree Ridge High
Andy Pasarilla, Peachtree Ridge High teacher

Evan Mickler, Shiloh High
Will Bonnett, Shiloh High teacher

Jasper Tseng, South Gwinnett High
Judith Hall, South Gwinnett High teacher

As Gwinnett STAR students, Michael and Andrew will move on to the region competition where they and their STAR teachers will be recognized and compete for the regional title. Joining them will be Buford City Schools” STAR Student Cassie Oliver and her selected STAR Teacher Lisa Cole. In the spring, regional winners will vie for the honor of being named Georgia”s 2012 STAR Student and Teacher. In 2011, Brookwood High”s Akshaya Suresh and her selected STAR Teacher Mr. Dana Kling of Brookwood High, won the regional title and were later named Georgia STAR Student and Teacher runner-up.