2019 Governor’s Honors Program Finalists Announced

Hall County Schools congratulates our nine students who have been selected as finalists or alternates for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program for the summer of 2019!

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. Administered by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), it takes place on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA. The 201 program will be the 56th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.

Over 3,200 students from across the state applied and nearly 1600 students interviewed and auditioned in February, so we are very proud of our finalists and alternates! Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

Students will arrive on the campus of Berry College on June 16, 2019. For four weeks, students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During 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. Many of GHP’s past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events in their lives. Congratulations to Hall County Schools’ finalists and alternates for the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program!


Name GHP Nomination Area School
Ashley Alcantar Magana Finalist World Languages: Spanish West Hall High School
Camryn Spence Finalist Communicative Arts Chestatee High School
Caroline Barber Finalist Music Voice: Treble Chestatee High School
Cindy Aguilar Finalist World Languages: Spanish Johnson High School
David Woodard Finalist Science: Physics Chestatee High School
Trey Grimsley Finalist Science: Biology Chestatee High School
Garrett Plumlee Finalist Engineering: Mechanical Design Flowery Branch High School
Lydia Ebbs Finalist Social Studies Johnson High School
Matthew Hawn Alternate Mathematics North Hall High School