Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth Volume 29, No. 7 • JULY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Continued on page 4 Austin Riley Rises from AAA, has Dramatic Debut for A-Braves Austin Riley, 21, one of the young- est and most promising star sluggers in the Atlanta Braves organization, has risen through the ranks this baseball season. Start- ing with the Double-A Mississippi Braves, he hit 19 extra base hits in 27 games. Pro- moted to the AAA Gwinnett Stripers, his hitting was steady. But everyone knows that Austin Riley—the Braves No. 8 prospect, No. 78 overall in his cohort for the Major Leagues—can hit for big time power. Austin showed it on Mother’s Day May 12 when he blasted 3 home runs, including a grand slam, for the Stripers at Coolray Field near Lawrenceville. It was the most powerful hitting for the Memphis native on any level of the game he’s ever played. Commencement season for 22 of Gwinnett’s 23 diploma-granting high schools has concluded and secondary edu- cation in the county has enjoyed a record year. First graduation was back on May 20 and finished on May 28. The new Paul Duke STEM High School in Peachtree Corners had no senior class and will have its first graduation in 2020, which will make a great county school system even greater. Gwinnett has not only the largest high school district in GA, with 13,000 gradu- ates but also again this year is undoubtedly best in the state. About 82% are headed to universities, colleges or post-secondary schools, and 84.5% will attend Georgia colleges and universities. The stats from gwinnett.K12ga.us are staggering. The county school system will send 43 of its graduates to Ivy League schools. More than 1,300 will attend one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country, some going to the best 25, according to the prestigious U.S. New & World Report ranking. About $203.7 million in academic, athletic and military scholarships have been awarded to Gwinnett graduates—approximately 18% of the county’s college-bound grads were offered at least one scholarship. Gwinnett System Graduates Class of 2019 with Highest Excellence Ever County seniors are diverse, outstanding and brimming with a sense of purpose. Continued on page 5 Phenom crushes home run in his first major league game.