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16 Floyd County Sophomores and Juniors Move Forward in Governor's Honors Selection Process

16 Floyd County Sophomores and Juniors Move Forward in Governor's Honors Selection Process

Dedicated students competed recently for the opportunity to go to school during the summer. 16 of Floyd County Schools’ (FCS) top students were selected to advance in the Governor's Honors Program (GHP) selection process and will interview at the state level for an opportunity to participate in the program. GHP 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 16 sophomores and juniors selected will represent FCS in the GHP state interviews to be held in January and February.

GHP will take place on the campus of Berry College for the fourth time this summer. The program was canceled for the summer of 2020 due to COVID-19. 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 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. 

Congratulations to the following 16 District finalists and three alternates for GHP. They will represent FCS in the next level of competition.

Armuchee High School

  • Matthew Campbell, sophomore, Social Studies- History
  • Nickolas Lewis Fero, sophomore, Social Studies- History
  • David Walker Lane, sophomore, Mathematics
  • Aidan Crawford Mowery, sophomore, Social Studies- History
  • McKinzy Raine Snyder, sophomore, Communicative Arts

Coosa High School

  • Heleen Dilshad Akrayee, sophomore, Science- Chemistry
  • Shania Monae McConnell, sophomore, Dance
  • Zachary Clay Wright, sophomore, Music- Voice: Bass

Model High School

  • Emma Elizabeth Couch, sophomore, Communicative Arts
  • Isabel Suzanne Edwards, junior, Social Studies- History
  • John Spencer Lawing, junior, Engineering- Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Terry Lee Lynn, junior, Dance
  • William Jakob Marshall, junior, Mathematics
  • Luke Charles Naddy, junior, Agricultural Research, Biotechnology, and Science

Pepperell High School

  • Diana Almaras Bucio, junior, Social Studies- History
  • Ashton Gage Vincent, junior, Agricultural Research, Biotechnology, and Science

Alternates

  • Molly Wrenn Burton, Model High, junior, Science- Biology
  • Sarah Catherine Jenkins, Coosa High, junior, Social Studies- History
  • Kaden Stephen Pajor, Pepperell High, junior, Social Studies- History

Major instructional areas are agricultural research, biotechnology and science, communicative arts, dance, engineering, mathematics, music, science, social studies, theatre performance, visual arts, and world languages. Students also select a minor area outside their major area of study. These include all the major instructional areas as well as additional offerings that reflect the interests and abilities of the instructional staff.