Students selected for Governor's Honors
Three Floyd County students selected for Governor's Honors
Posted on 03/27/2012

Three Floyd County high school students have been selected to participate in the 2012 Governor's Honors Program. Bennett Garland and Molly Young, juniors at Armuchee High School and Kaitlyn Childers, a sophomore at Pepperell High School, have been selected as finalists and will participate in the four-week summer instructional program. The Governor’s Honors Program is 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.

Bennett Garland was selected in the area of social studies, Molly Young was selected in biology and Kaitlyn Childers was selected in mathematics. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for three students to be selected for this prestigious program from a system of our size," stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. " I congratulate each of these academically gifted young people, their families and the teachers who have touched their lives." Governor’s Honors is a function of the Georgia Department of Education and takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. This will be the program's 49th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation. 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. 

Each applicant must however 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. Local nominees are then sent to statewide screening interviews/auditions. The written evidence and data gathered in the student interview/audition are used to rank nominees and select finalists. More than 2900 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and from those nominees 690 finalists were chosen to participate in the 2012 program. 

The programs activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners. Major instructional areas are communicative arts (English), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theatre, music, dance, design, technology, and executive management. Instruction is also provided in four support areas -- computers, counseling, library/media, and physical fitness. 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. 

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. Orchestra, band, chorus, theatre and theatre productions include representatives from all major areas. 

Molly Young, AHS Junior
Molly Young, AHS Junior
Bennett Garland, AHS Junior
Bennett Garland, AHS Junior
Katilyn Childers, PHS Sophmore
Kaitlyn Childers, PHS Sophmore