Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Awards Event; Alfred Sanalila Named 2013 Distinguished Student

April 16, 2013

Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Awards Event; Alfred Sanalila Named 2013 Distinguished Student

Gwinnett / North Fulton

Gwinnett Technical College honored hundreds of its high achieving students last night, recognizing leaders in academics, program excellence, leadership and community outreach. Alfred Sanalila, an information security student, was named the 2013 Distinguished Student, receiving one of the college's most prestigious awards.

"We look forward to this evening all year. It's such a privilege to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students, and to celebrate with them and their families. So many of our students are in college despite significant hardship and are committed to their education as a means of improving life for themselves and their families. Their stories are inspiring to all of us at Gwinnett Tech," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels.

Among the students recognized were members of National Technical Honor Society, outstanding students for each Gwinnett Tech program, Collegiate DECA Award winners, SkillsUSA winners and a host of individual program honorees.

As this year's Distinguished Student, Sanalila has a long record of service and leadership on campus. He is the founding member and president of the Student Veterans Organization, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the Multi-Cultural Club, National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He was a 2012 finalist for GTC's GOAL (Georgia Occupation Award for Leadership) Award and is a scholarship recipient from the college's Computer Information Systems Advisory Board. He is a frequent volunteer for Special Olympics and has also supported the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Clubs, Annandale Village and Habitat for Humanity. Sanalila, from Dacula, is a husband and father of two.

Sanalila is actually working on his second associate degree from Gwinnett Tech. He is already a graduate of the college's computer networking program and has earned five industry certifications. He is currently employed at Hewlett Packard.

In her recommendation of Alfred, GTC English instructor Dr. Cynde Gregory said, "He is without question one of the most capable and kind students I have taught over my lifetime. He senses when other feel discouraged and comforts them with utter grace and tact. He lives his live with humility and focused attention to work… His work ethic is a thing of beauty. "

In all, GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.