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Model High School Student Named Finalist for the 2024 Governor's Honors Program

Thomas Patterson

Thomas Patterson, a junior at MHS, has been selected to participate in the 2024 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. He will concentrate on Agriculture Research, Biotechnology, and Science. 

This year, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement received 4,200 nominations, out of which approximately 1,500 students were selected for state-level audition or interview. Finally, 700 students were chosen to participate. Thomas was one of six MHS students among the eight semi-finalists from Floyd County who completed state interviews in March. The students selected to attend GHP demonstrate superior skills in the area of their nomination.

Sadie Haynes and Aidan Fuller, also juniors, were chosen as alternates in the areas of Communicative Arts and Spanish, respectively. The alternate list is used to fill slots that may open up over the next few weeks. Most years, around 20 alternates are invited across various academic and artistic majors.

“We are extremely proud of these students. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for selected students. They will be instructed by experts in their field and collaborate with other talented students like themselves,” said McCall Govignon, Director of Advanced Academics and Assessment for Floyd County Schools.

The Georgia GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is 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 with the only required and expected costs to the students being travel expenses to and from the interviews, a few basic supplies for classes and dorm rooms, and spending money as desired during the program.