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Six Newton County School System students have been selected to participate in the 2014 Governor’s Honors Program this summer. The prestigious Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week summer instructional program at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia for gifted and talented high school sophomores and juniors.

This year’s finalists were nominated by their teachers for a specific instructional area matching their abilities, aptitudes and interests. In addition to submitting endorsements and grade transcripts, the nominees were required to participate in a statewide screening interview or audition depending on their desired major.

Major instructional areas are agriscience/biotechnology, agriscience/environmental science, English (communications arts), foreign languages (French, German, Latin, Spanish), mathematics, science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), 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.

The six NCSS Governor’s Honors finalists and their intended majors are:


 Eastside Governor's Honors Students
  Newton Governor's Honors Students




Anna Davis

Eastside High


Matthew Dean

Eastside High

Music Voice

Kaylah Kennedy

Eastside High


Ian Cole

Newton High

Visual Arts

Hezekiah Rogers

Newton High


Brittany Webb

Newton High



Two Newton High School students, Ann Marie Nyokoro and Craig Thomas, have been selected as alternates for the program.

 “The competition to be selected as a Governor’s Honors Program finalist is rigorous; we are elated to have six exceptional district representatives,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Our finalists will have a great experience at the Governor’s Honors Summer Program where they will be able to study their disciplines more closely with other finalists from around the state.  Congratulations to our finalists, their parents and teachers!”

For more information, contact the Newton County School System’s Department of Public Relations, at 770-787-1330 ext. 1115.