Governor’s Honors Program Announcement of 2019 Hall County School District Semifinalists

Governor’s Honors Program Announcement of 2019 Hall County School District Semifinalists

Hall County Schools is proud to announce that 29 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 this year at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The 2019 program will be the 56th 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 23. Approximately 650 Finalists – one-fourth of 1% of eligible sophomores and juniors in the state — will be chosen to participate in the 2019 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 29 Semifinalists will represent the district well at the statewide interviews.”

For follow-up, please contact:  sally.krisel@hallco.org or laurie.ecke@hallco.org

Please see the list of Hall County’s 2019 GHP Semifinalists on the following page.

Hall County School District’s Semifinalists for the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are:

Student Name: Nomination Area: School:
Cindy Aguilar World Languages – Spanish Johnson High School
Ashley Alcantar Magana World Languages – Spanish West Hall High School
Caroline Barber Music Voice: Treble Chestatee High School
Cole Bisson Computer and Software Engineering North Hall High School
Alejandro Campo Science – Biology Flowery Branch High
Kimmi Dulaney Visual Arts Flowery Branch High
Lydia Ebbs Social Studies Johnson High School
Colby Eskew Mathematics Flowery Branch High
Jackson Farris Social Studies Chestatee High School
Anna Frazier Mathematics North Hall High School
Donald Grimsley Science – Biology Chestatee High School
Cassidy Hartog World Languages – Spanish Chestatee High School
Matthew Hawn Mathematics North Hall High School
Madisen Hewell Music Voice: Treble East Hall High School
John Hill Engineering – Mechanical Design Flowery Branch High
Fernando Leon Arroyo Visual Arts Johnson High School
Arsha Moorthy Science – Biology Flowery Branch High
Thomas Pharr Communicative Arts North Hall High School
Garrett Plumlee Engineering – Mechanical Design Flowery Branch High
Isaiah Prather Science – Biology West Hall High School
Robert Pundt Visual Arts North Hall High School
Christian Santiago Mathematics Cherokee Bluff High School
Justin Scroggs World Languages – Spanish West Hall High School
Camryn Spence Communicative Arts Chestatee High School
Reagan Townley Social Studies North Hall High School
Joshua Turner Engineering – Mechanical Design Flowery Branch High
Matthew Waller Social Studies Flowery Branch High
Abigail Wilhite Mathematics Johnson High School
David Woodard Science – Physics Chestatee High School