Governor’s Honors program offers more opportunities

Campbell, Hannah

Jenny Nguyen, Copy Editor

As students dive into the monotonous rigors of school, other students prepare for an especially promising and prestigious prospect—the Governor’s Honors Program. Parkview students Ryan Tay (10), Amy Wang (10), Grace Hu (11), Jeremy Levin (11), Frank Tang (11), Jordon White (11), Karen Ye (11), Maya Gelting (11), Elizabeth Snyder (11), Charles Young (11), Cameron Huggins (11), Grace Buckley (11), Jaiden Dosani (11), Erin Magner (11), Mary Seol (11), Roger Zhang (11), Lyndiona Kemp (11), Ashley Kyelem (11), Mia Gagel (11), Farhatul Choudhury (11), Trey Jackson (11), and Priyanka Menon (10) were announced as semifinalists for next year’s program.

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is four-week residential summer program that offers extensive and specialized instruction to intellectually and artistically talented students throughout the state. The selection of these particularly bright students was a meticulous process and involved nominations from teachers. After the nominations were verified and student paperwork—transcripts of grades and records and other pertinent forms—submitted for evaluation, students underwent even more scrupulous statewide screening, and from this elaborate process, finalists were finally selected in March based on judge feedback.As a mid-summer program, GHP is held from mid-June to July and will take place next year at the Berry College campus in Rome, Georgia.

In the mornings and afternoons, participants attend classes of major and minor instructional areas, while the evenings entertain a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities such as seminars and performances. The program offers a vast and diverse collection of specialized instruction, which includes English (communicative arts), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theater, music dance, design, technology, and executive management. “In taking part in the four week study at the university, students can learn things that are in-depth in their academic or artistic field of interest. They are going to enhance their social, communicative, and interpersonal skills through peer group living. As a result, they will be prepared to compete on a national level with other students in their particular academic area or artistic field of interest,” Parkview school counselor and GHP coordinator Dr. Judy Days-Dee explained.

GHP, in offering enriching and challenging educational opportunities, equips students with the academic, cultural, and social tools necessary to foster a generation of global critical thinkers, leaders, and innovators while also establishing lifelong connections. “I really hope to get into the program since it’ll be an once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. I also hope to meet people with similar interests as me,” GHP finalist Grace Hu enthused.