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February 22, 2018



Twenty-three Newton County School System (NCSS) high school students have been named semi-finalists for the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). The GHP, open to all sophomores and juniors, is a free residential summer program for gifted or highly talented students who are passionate about the subject. Students interested in attending must participate in a series of interviews and should be able to speak eloquently and in great detail about the subject they choose. They are students who desire to work with their subject outside of school and go above and beyond. Students may be nominated in Communicative Arts (ELA), all the Foreign Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Engineering, and Agriscience.

According to Dr. Nikkita Warfield, NCSS director of secondary education, each school has a school level GHP coordinator. 

“The coordinator informs teachers about the program and asks teachers to nominate students who are highly talented and qualified to meet the criteria of the program,” Warfield explained. “After the teachers provide the coordinators with student names, the coordinator meets with students to provide them with an overview of GHP and how the nomination process works.  Additionally, the school-level GHP coordinator checks to ensure students meet the criteria.  If the student meets the criteria, the coordinator informs the teacher and has the teacher complete the GHP nomination form.  The teacher completes his or her portion as well as assists the student with filling in his/he nomination information (essays).  After this process, each school has a school-level interview to select winners to compete in the district.” 

She added, “The next layer of this rigorous process is the district level interviews.  All identified students from each school compete in the district level interviews.  If selected as district winners, the students’ names are submitted to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).  The students are next contacted by GOSA to complete a state application in efforts to be selected for state interviews.  If selected, students become semi-finalist and will compete at the end of the month in state interviews at Berry College.  Students selected as finalists from state interviews will have the opportunity to participate in the GHP summer program.”

NCSS students who have successfully passed the school and district-level interviews and had their applications approved by GOSA to be named a semifinalist in the program are as follows:

 

NAME

SCHOOL

GRADE

SUBJECT AREA

Hannah Lee

Alcovy

11

Music Voice: Treble

Danila Dokuchayev

Alcovy

10

Visual Arts

 
Simon Jenkins

 
Alcovy

10

Social Studies

Riley Thompson

Alcovy/NCCA STEM

11

Science

Sophia Hawley

Eastside

10

Communicative Arts

Rebekah Stowe

Eastside

11

Mathematics

Joseph Bickel

Eastside

10

Music Brass: Euphonium

Miranda Johnson

Eastside

10

Theatre Performance

Bethany Jones

Eastside

11

Visual Arts

Hayley Chiappetta

Eastside

11

World Languages: Latin

Marina Busby

Eastside

10

World Languages: Latin

Braxton Buff

Eastside

10

World Languages: Latin

McKenna Walker

Eastside

11

World Languages: Latin

Katlyn Williams

Eastside

11

World Languages: Latin

Caleb Dinn

Eastside/NCCA STEM

11

Agricultural Science

Miranda Litkea

Eastside/NCCA STEM

11

Engineering: Mechanical Design

Maggie Camfield

Eastside/NCCA STEM

11

Mathematics

Sarah Owens

Newton

11

Theatre Performance

Joy Sharp

Newton/ALANHS

11

Social Studies

Scott Evritt

Newton/ALANHS

10

Social Studies

Jasmyn Francis

Newton/ALANHS

10

Theatre Performance

Yasmine Hudson

Newton/ALANHS

10

Visual Arts

Kai Rivers

Newton/NCCA STEM

11

Communicative Arts

  

“Congratulations to our students who have been named semi-finalists in the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program,” said Warfield. “These students have successfully completed two rigorous interviews and had their applications approved by the state to move forward to the next round of competition. It is nice to see so many students so passionate about a subject area that they wish to participate in a program to learn more in-depth information about the topic. I commend them and wish each of them well in the next phase of the Governor’s Honors Program.”

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