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Outstanding Students Participate in 2013 Governor’s Honors Program
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Outstanding Students Participate in 2013 Governor’s Honors Program

Ten students who participated in the distinguished Governor’s Honors Program during the summer were recognized at the Board Meeting on Thursday, September 19. This year’s program was held June 23-July 20. Those recognized were:

·         Ryan Beckmann of Central High School (Mathematics);

·         Roland Jay Brunner of Howard High School (Communicative Arts);

·         Kelton Ellis of Central High School (Social Studies);

·         Luke Felty of Central High School (Communicative Arts);

·         Caroline Martin of Central High School (Communicative Arts);

·         Darby Mowell of Central High School (Spanish);

·         Tucker Preston of Rutland High School (Executive Management);

·         Ian Roughen of Howard High School (Social Studies);

·         BreAnna Smith of Central High School (Theatre Performance); and

·         Thomas Young of Central High School (French).

Governor’s Honors is a four-week enrichment program for talented rising high school juniors and seniors, and is held at Valdosta State University. It is the longest continually running summer enrichment program in the nation and celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer. GHP alumni include actors Jack McBrayer and Donald Glover, as well as multiple state lawmakers, authors and musicians. Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon attended in 1983, and MIT biological engineer Linda Griffith completed the program in 1977.

“The students of the Governor’s Honors Program are among the best and brightest of our state,” Gov. Nathan Deal said earlier this summer. “I look forward to learning of their continued success and achievement in the years to come.”

Schools nominate about 3,000 students each year for the program. Students go through an intensive interview process in January and February before the final pool of students is chosen.

Finalists are chosen for one of 17 majors: biotechnology, environmental science, communicative arts, dance, architectural & graphic design, executive management, French, German, Latin, mathematics, music (strings, piano, woodwinds, brass, voice, percussion or jazz), science (biology, chemistry or physics), social studies, Spanish, technology & engineering, theatre (performance or design) and visual arts.

Students spend six days a week in classes in their major and minor, with extracurricular activities like seminars, art shows, concerts and academic tournaments in the evenings and on the weekends.

“The Governor’s Honors Program gives our highest performing students an opportunity to extend the depth of their learning according to their area of interest and expertise,” said Dr. Tandi Pressley, the District’s Director of Gifted/Advanced Academics. “This program allows our students to pursue greater depth and complexity in collaboration with high performing students throughout the state who have the same interests and expertise.”

Governor’s Honors is funded by the Georgia General Assembly and students participate in the program for free. In July 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order transferring the administration of the Governor's Honors Program from the Georgia Department of Education to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement.

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