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Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education honors students

June 9, 2021

     The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) has named its 2021 award and scholarship winners. GAGE honors students, educators, and community members who represent the best in gifted education, and who support gifted students in Gwinnett County Public Schools and the community.

     In addition to naming the GAGE Gifted Students of the Year, the organization awarded $100 scholarships to eight students and recognized Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) Accelerated Programs and Gifted Education Department by naming it a recipient of the 2020-21 Hughes Award. The Hughes Award honors any individual, club, business, corporation, or civic group who has made an outstanding contribution to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Gifted Program. Staff members from the department—Dr. Keena Ryals-Jenkins, Director of Accelerated Programs and Gifted Education; Kelly Snyder, Gifted Instructional Specialist; Rita Shue, Curriculum and Instructional Support Assistant; and Hilary Pinter, Instructional Coach—were honored for working tirelessly every school year to support the identification of gifted students at all levels, ensuring the implementation of challenging academic instruction, and guiding educators in nurturing students.

     Each elementary, middle, and high school in the school district was asked to submit the name of a gifted student to receive the GAGE Student of the Year Award. The schools also had the opportunity to select a student who had made the most of experiences in the gifted program, had a positive impact on the learning experiences of others, and/or had served the school in significant ways. The GAGE Students of the Year for the 2020-21 school year are:

2020-21 GAGE Students of the Year

Michaela Hamilton

Alcova ES

Aiden Lan

Arcado ES

Tian Hu

Berkeley Lake ES

Noah Khemmanivanh

Bethesda ES

Yahshemani Yehudah

Britt ES

Menna Gebregziabher

Brookwood ES

Elia Young

Burnette ES

Dellina Mamo

Cedar Hill ES

Nova Ngo

Chattahoochee ES

Raymond Zhang

Chesney ES

Andrew Truong

Ferguson ES

Kate Kennedy

Fort Daniel ES

Grace Gordon

Freeman’s Mill ES

Anna Kellogg

Harmony ES

Ethan Bui-Quang

Ivy Creek ES

Naa Oyo Quartey-Papafio

Jackson ES

Louise Lee

Level Creek ES

Taheem Khondokar

Lilburn ES

Rahil Shah

Mason ES

Elliot Kouzmanov

Meadowcreek ES

Bailey Russell

North Metro Academy of Performing Arts

Adrienne Mgonella

Parsons ES

Phalyn Dismukes

Lola Greer

Partee ES

Head ES

Addison Grant

Riverside ES

Connor Alvarez

Rock Springs ES

Danna Ruiz Magana

Rockbridge ES

Arfaan Saadut

Simonton ES

Nia Hussein

Starling ES

Hudson Serio

Sugar Hill ES

Aldino Mujkanovic

Taylor ES

Buruk Habteab

Trip ES

Chloe Dixon-Follett

Winn Holt ES

Avianna Radford

Woodward Mill ES

Minh Tran

Bay Creek MS

Christie Khalil

Coleman MS

Reginald Watkins, III

Couch MS

Yoseop Han

Duluth MS

Paige Ford

Five Forks MS

Favour Gbadegesin

Grace Snell MS

Katherine Roberts

Lanier MS

Mehek Saha

McConnell MS

Benjamin Badinger

Chloe Au

Northbrook MS

Pinckneyville

Ngan Tran

Richards MS

Natalia Kurz

Twin Rivers MS

Christa Campbell

Collins Hill HS

Akash Narayanan

Duluth HS

Dimitri Castiblanco

GSMST

Khushi Isani

McClure Health Science HS

Yahya Habib

Meadowcreek HS

 

Students wrote essays or created videos in response to prompts to be eligible for scholarship awards. Recipients of those scholarships are as follows:

 

GCPS Students Receiving $100 Summer Scholarship Awards

Amal Bhattarai

Arcado ES

Maraki Kebede

Arcado ES

Anna Kellogg

Harmony ES

AnAn Liu

Level Creek ES

Yahshemani Yehudah

Britt ES

Adeleine Ebert

Pinckneyville MS

Christie Khalil   

Coleman MS

Savannah Lee

Northbrook MS