47 nominated for Governor's Honors Program
Forty-seven Coweta County sophomores and juniors were recently honored as 2014 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program nominees.
The annual breakfast was held at the Central Educational Center on Jan. 16, and recognized the nominees to be among Coweta County’s most talented and top-performing high school students.
The nominees and their parents were honored by the principals of Coweta’s three high schools and the Central Educational Center, along with school system and community dignitaries. The event was sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
“This is one of our favorite mornings of the year,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker as he welcomed the students, their parents and many guests to the CEC cafeteria.
He congratulated the students on being nominated, and encouraged them to give their all in the coming interviews which will determine their acceptance to this year’s program.
“When I speak to students who return from Governor’s Honors…they all say ‘it really changed my life,’” he said.
Several of the talented nominees performed at the event, including East Coweta High vocalist Keeley Thompson, Northgate High clarinetist Erica Anstey, and Newnan High students Hannah Culbreath and Sam Sangster, who performed on the french horn and oboe, respectively. The four students have been nominated in music in their musical mediums, along with other Coweta students who have been nominated in music, theatre, mathematics, communicative arts, social studies sciences, technology, business and languages.
The nominees move on to state-level interviews held in January and February, which may land them a spot in the prestigious summer residential program for gifted and artistically talented high school scholars.
The nominees also heard from Governor’s Honors alumni Josue Aryaya (East Coweta High), Jeremy Messer (Newnan High), Amelia Merriman (Northgate High), Sarah Robinson (Newnan High) and Mitchell Busby (the Central Educational Center).
The students – who were among eight Coweta finalists who attended the program last year talked about the structure of Governor’s Honors and gave advice for the nominees’ upcoming interviews. Central Educational Center counselor Nora Ann Wood – who organizes the annual breakfast – is also working with Coweta County GHP coordinator Therese Reddekopp and others to provide mock interviews for the nominees to help them prepare.
This year’s nominees honored at Thursday’s breakfast, from each school, included:
Central Educational Center:
Ian Ronfeldt (East Coweta) - Executive Management
Matthew Willits (Northgate) - Technology
East Coweta High School
Stacie Evans - Biology
Tara Federico - Communicative Arts
Victoria Lara - Communicative Arts
Ann Marie Meeker - Dance
Ashlee Mullins - French
Sangkyun Byun - Mathematics
Keeley Thompson - Music
Rachel Pearson - Music
Sam Sangster - Music
Tyler Insolia - Social Studies
Dixie Currey - Theatre
Isaac Epps - Theatre
Madison Kuhne - Theatre
Alex Naughton - Theatre
Molley Blakeley - Visual Arts
Hank Dobbs - Visual Arts
Monique Terrell - Visual Arts
Newnan High School
Thomas Schulz - Biology
Michelle Burston - Chemistry
Nikita Patel - Chemistry
Hannah Thomas - Communicative Arts
Emily Hinely - French
Anna Haydon - Mathematics
Hannah Culbreth - Music
Gabrielle White - Music
Maycee Dukes - Music
Morgan Meacham - Music
Ashlee Grace Chitwood - Music
Lindsey Howell - Music
Kaitlenn Brown - Visual Arts
Caroline Flournoy - Visual Arts
Nicholas Petty - Visual Arts
Northgate High School
Tristan Horton - Biology
Haley Alain - Communicative Arts
Alexandra Reshetova - Dance
Christopher Foster - Mathematics
Emily Armstrong - Music
Sheridan Eastman - Music
Abby Mortensen - Music
Erica Anstey - Music
Katie Woody - Music
Kristina Giddens - Social Studies
Rona Wolfe - Theatre
Kaitie Seagraves - Theatre
Georgia Cyber Academy
Kaylin Wells – Communicative Arts
The Georgia Governor's Honors Program is a four-week, summer residential program for Georgia students, designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented sophomores and juniors challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.
During the four weeks of the program, students spend the mornings 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 designed to challenge and engage Georgia’s brightest students. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.
Activities provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners. The Georgia Governor's Honors Program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly and operates at no cost to participants.