Governor’s Honors students named

All three high schools in Emanuel County have selected the students who will represent them in the Georgia Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP).

Anna Donaldson has been nominated to represent Swainsboro High in the area of social studies.

David Emanuel has three nominees: Peyton Free in the area of biology, Emma Taylor in social studies, and CheyAnne Woodcock Howard in biology.

Emanuel County Institute contributes five nominees to the pool of representatives: Marti Woodward in science, Sarah Catherine Kraus in visual arts, Shana Wilkerson in agriculture, Landen Canady in communicative art, and Lawson Mercer in math.

The GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program, which offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom. Designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders, GHP is held in mid-summer (mid-June to mid-July) as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus. Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. Meals and rooms are provided by the program. The only required and expected costs to the students are: travel expenses to and from the interviews; a few basic supplies for classes and dorm rooms; and spending money as desired during the program.

Applications are received from around the state, and following rigorous interviews and auditions, finalists are then selected with a set of alternates identified as well to fill in should any of the chosen students be unable to participate.

Semifinalists will be identified in February, and finalists will be announced in March. The year will mark the program’s 58th year. The 2022 Governor’s Honors Program will be held June 19-16 at Berry College in Rome.

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