The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education announces 2021 awardees

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ATLANTA, GA — The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education annual award and scholarship has announced its 2021 winners.

The award honors students, educators, and community members who are best in gifted education and those who supported them in Gwinnett County Public Schools and the community.

The organization also awarded $100 scholarships to eight students named the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) Gifted Students of the Year. The organization also recognized Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Accelerated Programs and Gifted Education Department by naming it a 2020-21 Hughes Award recipient.

The Hughes Award honors individuals and groups who contributed to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Gifted Program. These are some of the staff members who received the honors 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.

The Instructional Coach was also honored for supporting the identification of gifted students at all levels, ensuring the implementation of challenging academic instruction, and guiding educators in nurturing students.

To receive the GAGE Student of the Year Award, each elementary, middle, and high school in the district has to submit the names of a talented student. The schools also have the opportunity to select students who made the most of their experiences in the gifted program, gave a positive impact, and served the school significantly.

There are also scholarships for students who wrote essays or created videos to show they are eligible for the scholarship awards.

The complete list of the recipients of the scholarship is available on

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