The nominees for the 2013 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program from St. Pius X for the Communicative Arts in English: Anna Kelly (Decatur) and Nina Patronis (Atlanta); Communicative Arts in Math: Joey Kilpatrick (Tucker); Fine Arts (visual): Claire Monsour (Stone Mountain); Fine Arts (Music): Rachel Meyer (Atlanta).
The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2014 program will be the 50th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.
More than 2,900 students from across the state will be interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and from those nominees up to 690 finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2014 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 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.
Dale Lyles, director, said, “GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment. I congratulate the students of St. Pius X and look forward to meeting them and their parents at the interviews.” He added that many if not most of GHP’s past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events in their lives.