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Two Finalists, One Alternate Selected for Governor's Honors Program


Two finalists, one alternate selected for Governor's Honors Program from Whitfield County Schools

2021 GHP Finalists

Two finalists and one alternate from Whitfield County Schools were selected to participate in the highly competitive and prestigious Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer.  

Finalists include Jade Bearden and Jayden Richmond, both sophomores from Southeast High School. Jade was nominated in the area of social studies; Jayden was nominated in the area of theatre performance. Northwest High School sophomore Ben Smith was selected as an alternate and nominated in the area of social studies.

These students completed their applications for GHP in fall of 2020 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, where they interviewed or auditioned for a chance to participate in the program.

The GHP finalists will participate in an elite, four-week, summer residential program at Berry College in June where they will attend classes in their specific areas of study and participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities.

 

Six Whitfield County students advance to semifinal round in 2021 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 studies) 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