Twenty-two Hall County School District students have been selected as Semifinalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.
The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. Managed by the Governor’s Office for Student Achievement, it will take place again this year at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The 2018 program will be the 55th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.
Public and private high schools across the state nominated over 3,200 students who represent the “best of the best” in eleven areas of study: Agricultural Science, Communicative Arts, Dance, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts, and World Languages. Of these, less than 1700 were selected as Semifinalists and will be interviewed and auditioned on February 24. Approximately 650 Finalists – one-fourth of 1% of eligible sophomores and juniors in the state — will be chosen to participate in the 2018 program. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.
During the four weeks of the program, students spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the high school classroom. In the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances.
Dr. Sally Krisel, Hall County’s Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, said, “GHP is such a prestigious program that even being nominated at the school level is a tremendous accomplishment. I congratulate all of the outstanding students who were nominated. I know these 22 Semifinalists will represent the district well at the statewide interviews.”