Thirty students representing the highest performing career and technical education students in the county were honored Wednesday, March 26, during the "Portraits of Success" banquet sponsored by Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and Buford City Schools.
Each school had its own method for choosing its representative in the competition. The school winners then participated in a rigorous countywide selection process which included an essay submission, transcript review and an interview by a panel of judges. The judges, said GCPS Technical Education, Computer Science and Work-Based Learning Director Jody Reeves, were looking for the student who exemplifies what a career and technical education (CTE) student should be.
Each school winner was interviewed on stage during Wednesday night's banquet at Gwinnett Technical College's Busbee Center in Lawrenceville. Students were asked questions about their career path, their college plans and career goals in front of a sizable audience which included GCPS school superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, school board members Louise Radloff, Robert McClure and Carol Boyce, and State Representative Tom Kirby.
Simi Shah of Peachtree Ridge High School was named the 2014 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year. Second place was awarded to Benjamin Smith of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology and Geordyn Jenkins of the Grayson Technical Program placed third. Each of the top three students received a scholarship from the Gwinnett Employers Committee.
Local school CTE Student of the Year honorees included:
- Ashley Weisenborn - Archer High School
- Andrew Neish - Buford High School
- Caleb Leon - Dacula High School
- Taylor Lanfear - Lanier High School
- Lisa Reed - Mill Creek High School
- Cara Steinocher - Mountain View High School
- Emma Vickers - Twin Rivers Middle School
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