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Brookwood High School’s Cindy Huynh named 2021 Gwinnett County STAR Student

April 13, 2021Top: Cindy Huynh and David Dimsdale; Bottom: Cindy Huynh and Adam Forrand

     Cindy Huynh, a Brookwood High School senior, is the system-level 2021 Gwinnett STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student. The STAR student honor, which is open to public and private school students, is bestowed on the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Upon learning that she was Gwinnett County’s STAR Student in a surprise announcement at her school, Huynh was overwhelmed. She said, “This is a huge honor and I am so grateful and appreciative.”

     As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher who has had a strong influence on his/her academic career. Huynh selected Mr. David Dimsdale, who taught her for two years in AP Calculus and AP Statistics, as her STAR Teacher. She indicated she chose Mr. Dimsdale based on all that he does for students. She explains, “Mr. Dimsdale’s passion for teaching and his energy inspired me. When we switched to digital last spring, he was always there to answer our questions.”

     Dimsdale was humbled to be recognized and added Huynh is a special student and person. “There are three things that really set Cindy apart from other students. First, she is very kind. She also is very conscientious as a student. She always is prepared and comes to class ready to learn. Finally, she is an active learner and participant in class, asking good questions. I am honored that she selected me as her STAR teacher as she really was my top student for two years.”

     Huynh plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Biology, with hopes to further her studies and pursue a career in environmental science. Huynh earned the system-level STAR Student award from the cadre of STAR students from all GCPS high schools and Gwinnett County private schools. Buford City Schools honored three Buford High School seniors as its system winners.

     The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Partnership Gwinnett partnered to highlight Gwinnett’s best and brightest students and teachers. Due to the pandemic, PAGE is not continuing with the design used in the past for local, regional, and state events to honor winners. With that in mind, Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett County Public Schools visited Brookwood High School to celebrate Cindy Huynh as Brookwood High’s STAR Student and to notify her that she also is the system winner.

     The 2021 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher winners will now move on and compete for the regional title. Regional winners will then move to the state level for the honor of being named Georgia’s 2021 STAR Student and Teacher.


2021 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools


STAR Student

STAR Teacher

Archer High School

Morgan Bell

Joni Jameson

Berkmar High School

Matthew Kededa

Robert Krask

Brookwood High School

*Cindy Huynh

*David Dimsdale

Buford High School

**Monroe Harless

**Gail Harris

Buford High School

**James Morgan

**Justin Johnson

Buford High School

**Vachan Patel

**Lisa Cole

Central Gwinnett High School

Anahi “Camila” Canales Dominguez

Kari Slaten

(currently serving as an assistant principal at Creekland MS)

Collins Hill High School

Wells Bussey

Jeremy Lumpkin (currently teaching at Hillgrove HS in
Cobb County)

Dacula High School

Caitlyn Coker

Cherie McAdams

Discovery High School

Saeeda Osei Frimpong

Dr. Jayme Hicks

Duluth High School

Ria Iyengar

Vincent Hill

Grayson High School

Daniel Obafemi

Dr. Darren Bennett

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Darlene Nguyen

Mary Lynn Huett

Gwinnett County Online Campus

David Gallagher

Hope Campbell

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Donghao “Jason” Jiang

Dr. Rhonda Rackley

Hebron Christian Academy

Avery Fulmer

Dawn Lyon

Killian Hill Christian School

Halle Mok

Jeri Cordell

Lanier High School

Samuel Lee

Joel Sisson

Lanier High School

Veronica Roberson

David Metrio

McClure Health Science High School

Bailey Duarte

Jeimy Soto Leon

Meadowcreek High School

Michael Chun

Dr. Marietta Malone (retired)

Mill Creek High School

Zachary “Zach” Bryce Shapiro

Greg Marr

Mountain View High School

Sydney Scott

Dr. Nicki Collins

Norcross High School

Joshua Mao

Derek Mobley

North Gwinnett High School

Sarah Park

Andrea Boyce

Notre Dame Academy

Rohan Soni

Nancy Thompson

Parkview High School

Heyi “Alina” Zhang

Miranda Rouk

Paul Duke STEM High School

Jasmine Hsu

Kathleen Keller

Peachtree Ridge High School

Brian Ji

Victoria Enloe

Providence Christian Academy

Zoe Mitchell

Constance Coles

Shiloh High School

Kennedy Odiboh

Chantal Edmondson

South Gwinnett High School

Rylee Dunlap

Vanna Mayfield

Sugar Hill Christian Academy

Lilian “Lily” Cho

Heather Adams


*2021 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher

** 2021 Buford City STAR Student and Teacher