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June 08, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Recognizes Top Students at Annual Awards Ceremony
Melissa Johnson, Radiologic Technology, Named 2009 Distinguished Student
Gwinnett Technical College honored more than 300 students for academic excellence and achievement at the college's recent annual Awards Ceremony.
The Gwinnett Tech Foundation awarded 62 scholarships totaling $43,700 at the ceremony, recognizing students for various achievements in academic, vocational and occupational skills, as well as overall leadership and teamwork.
"We had a record number of students receiving academic and service honors this year. It's a great pleasure for us to be able to honor their outstanding efforts and achievements, and to award much-deserved scholarships to support their educational goals," says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Technical College.
The culmination of the Awards Ceremony was the naming of Gwinnett Tech's 2009 Distinguished Student.
Honored for excellence in her field of study and for her leadership and volunteerism on campus, Melissa Johnson was recognized with the 2009 Distinguished Student Award.
Johnson is graduating this month in the Radiologic Technology program. A member of both National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa, she has 3.89 GPA. Johnson helped create a student-to-student mentoring program and tutors fellow students after hours, on weekends and even on her spring break. She served the college as a Student Ambassador and participated in a host of community service projects, both on and off campus.
Radiologic Technology Program Director Jim Sass, who nominated Johnson for this honor, noted, "Since she began her program of study, she has evolved into a participatory leader who encourages all her fellow students and the staff. She has a great personality, is an outstanding academic student, and is always willing to help other students and faculty as needed."
Johnson was selected from a group of five finalists which included Jimmie Dominy, Commercial Construction; Vanessa Jatho, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; Darcie Johnson, Business Management; and Mary Stoklas, Early Childhood Care and Education.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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