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Six WCS semifinalists in Georgia Governor's Honors Program

 

2021 GHP Semifinalists


Six Whitfield County high school students have advanced to the semifinal round in the highly competitive and prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program for the 2020-21 school year. 
 
The six semifinalists include: (photo 1) Southeast Whitfield High School sophomores Jade Bearden (social students) and Jayden Richmond (theater), as well as (photo 2) Northwest Whitfield High School juniors Charlotte Edwards (theater) and Luke Giles (math) and sophomores Rylei Brown (biology) and Ben Smith (social studies).
 
The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.

These students, initially nominated by their classroom teachers at their respective schools, completed their applications in the fall and were selected as district representatives and submitted for the state competition. Their applications, including writings and performances, were chosen by adjudicators with GHP and were selected to move on to the state-wide semifinal round. 
 
The six semifinalists will now have the opportunity to interview or audition virtually or in person at Berry College in Rome, GA on either February 27 or March 6, 2021 for a chance to participate in an elite, four-week, summer residential program in June. Finalists and alternates will be announced March 26, 2021. According to the GHP organizers, scheduled events may be changed or rescheduled due to the ongoing pandemic.

About the program: 

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

GHP is held in mid-summer (mid-June to mid-July) as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus.  Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening.  Meals and rooms are provided by the program with the only required and expected costs to the students being travel expenses to and from the interviews, a few basic supplies for classes and dorm rooms, and spending money as desired during the program.

More information about the program can be found here