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April 10, 2018

(L-R): Marina Busby, Eastside High;  Miranda Johnson, Eastside High; Miranda Litkea, Eastside and NCCA STEM Institute; and Sophia Hawley, Eastside.
(L-R): Sarah Owens, Newton High & Kai Rivers, Newton High and NCCA STEM Institute.Not pictured: Joy Sharp. 

Seven Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week summer instructional program at Berry College in Rome, Georgia for gifted and talented high school sophomores and juniors. This year’s session runs from June 17-July 14, 2018.

GHP 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 agricultural science, communicative arts, dance, engineering, mathematics, music, science, social studies, theatre, visual arts, and world languages.

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




Marina Busby

Eastside High School

World Languages: Latin

Sophia Hawley

Eastside High School

Communicative Arts

Miranda Johnson

Eastside High School

Theatre: Theatre Performance

Miranda Litkea

Eastside High School & NCCA STEM Institute

Engineering: Mechanical Design

Sarah Owens

Newton High School

Theatre: Theatre Performance

Kai Rivers

Newton High School & NCCA STEM Institute

Communicative Arts

Joy Sharp

Newton High School/ALANHS

Social Studies

“The competition to be selected as a Governor’s Honors Program finalist is very rigorous and we are excited to have seven exceptional representatives from our school system,” said Dr. Nikkita Warfield, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools. “The Governor’s Honors Summer Program offers students the unique opportunity to study their disciplines more closely with other finalists from around the state.  Congratulations to each of our finalists; I know their parents and teachers are very proud!”