Dedicated students competed recently for the opportunity to go to school during the summer. Fifteen of Floyd County’s top students were selected to advance in the Governor’s Honors selection process and will interview at the state level for an opportunity to participate in the program. Governor’s Honors is a four-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students with challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The 15 sophomores and juniors selected will represent Floyd County Schools in the Governor’s Honors state interviews to be held in January and February.
Governor’s Honors will take place on the campus of Berry College for the first time this summer. Rising juniors and seniors in Georgia public and private high schools are eligible to be nominated by their teachers to participate in the program. The program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, so there is no charge for students to attend. For four weeks, students 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.
Each applicant must go through a very extensive selection process to be invited to participate in the program. Transcripts of grades and records, nomination forms, endorsements and other pertinent information are submitted to substantiate the nominations and the students must interview with a local screening committee.
Floyd County students and the area they were selected to advance by the local screening committee were:
Christopher Dean, junior, science (Also representing the College and Career Academy)
Kayla Hutcherson, sophomore, math
Addie Grace Trejo, junior, foreign language
Elaine Williams, junior, foreign language
Zac Mitchell, sophomore, theater
Christopher Morgan, junior, chorus
Jackson Couch, junior, science
Drew Estes, junior, science (also representing the College and Career Academy)
Emily Falcitelli, junior, communicative arts
Will Hulsey, junior, science
Taylor Nelson, sophomore, chorus
Blaine Valentine, junior, agriculture
Rylee Gailey, junior, agriculture
Kaylee Mansell, junior, communicative arts
Alexia Mendez, junior, communicative arts
Major instructional areas are communicative arts (English), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theater, music, dance, design, technology, and executive management. Instruction is also provided in four support areas — computers, counseling, library/media, and physical fitness.
Students also select a minor area outside their major area of study. These include all the major instructional areas as well as additional offerings which reflect the interests and abilities of the instructional staff. All performing groups are open to the entire student body and include orchestra, band, chorus, and theater.