Six finalists from Rockdale were chosen for the prestigious Governor's Honors Program, a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.
Rockdale County Public Schools' finalists for the 2014 Georgia Governor's Honors Program are:
Joshua Baker - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Chemistry
Faith Cheng - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Social Studies
Ryan Gaylor - Heritage High School-Communicative Arts
Brionna Johnigan - Rockdale Career Academy -Executive Management
Naomi Siddique - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Math
Lilith South - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Biology
The following students were named as alternates for the 2014 Georgia Governor's Honors Program. If the finalists are unable to attend, their spaces will be filled by the alternates, in order of how they are listed on the GHP master list. RCPS's alternates are:
Ansley Smith - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Communicative Arts
Carlan Ivey - Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology-Technology
Salvador Castro - Rockdale Career Academy-Physics
The program takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University for four weeks during the summer. The 2014 program will be the 51st summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.
Over 2900 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned during January and February, and from those nominees 690 finalists were 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.
Students will arrive on the campus of VSU on Sunday, June 23. 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.
More information about GHP can be found on the Georgia Office of School Improvement website gosa.georgia.gov/governors-honors-program .