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 April 3, 2015

 Eastside Governor's Honors Students
  Newton Governor's Honors Students
 (l-r): Charles Hanson, Daniel Phillips, Sean Eagan, Andrew Fish, and Jackson Hall
   (l-r): Molly Cady and John Harden

Seven Newton County School System students have been selected to participate in the 2015 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 seven NCSS Governor’s Honors finalists and their intended majors are:




Charles Hanson

Eastside High School

Agricultural Science

Daniel Phillips

Eastside High School

Agricultural Science

Sean Eagan

Eastside High School

Communicative Arts

Andrew Fish

Eastside High School


Jackson Hall

Eastside High School


Molly Cady

Newton High School


John Harden

Newton High School

Music Woodwind: Clarinet

Three NCSS students—Brianna Johnson, Newton High; Kenneth Harris, Eastside High; and Matthew Briscoe, Eastside High—were 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 seven 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.