47 Coweta students recognized as Governor's Honors nominees

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Four Coweta students who attended the 2012 Governor's Honors program gave this year's GHP nominees an idea of what to expect if they are selected to attend this year's program.  From left are Joshua Vorderlandwehr (CEC), Anais Felix-Carrion (Newnan High), GHP State Director Dale Lyles, Jordan Collis (East Coweta) and Nathan Hoffman (Northgate). 

From Staff Reports
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Forty-seven Coweta County School students — sophomores and juniors from Coweta’s three high schools and the Central Educational Center — were honored Thursday morning as 2013 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program nominees.
The honorees were recognized by their high school principals and community dignitaries at a breakfast held at the Central Educational Center.
“This is a great morning. This is one of the best things we do all year,” said Superintendent Steve Barker, welcoming the students, their parents and many guests who filled the CEC cafeteria. He congratulated the students on being nominated, and encouraged them to give their all in the coming interviews that will determine their acceptance to this year’s program. “Governor’s Honors changes lives... it will put you on a path that you never expected, and you will meet some great people along the way.”
Nominated in major studies areas including biology, math, music and theatre, among others, the 47 Coweta students are among more than 2,800 nominated students from across the state who will be interviewed and auditioned in January and February. From those nominees, 690 finalists are expected to be chosen to participate in the 2013 Governor’s Honors Program, also known as GHP. The program is funded by the Georgia General Assembly, and there is no charge for students to attend.
This year’s nominees were introduced by high school principals Mark Ballou (CEC), Evan Horton (East Coweta), Doug Moore (Newnan) and Therese Reddekopp (Northgate) at the Thursday morning breakfast.

Coweta GHP coordinator Peggy Guebert congratulated the students on being nominated. “Only 1 percent of Georgia sophomores and juniors are nominated to interview for Governor’s Honors at the state level,” she said, putting the students among the top most gifted scholars in their classes.

This year’s nominees are getting some advice and support as they face those interviews. Coaching sessions designed to help the students enter the interviews more confidently were organized at CEC on the afternoon after the program.

Also, students Jordan Collis (East Coweta), Anais Felix-Carrion (Newnan High), Nathan Hoffman (Northgate) and Joshua Vorderlandwehr (CEC) spoke to the students at the Thursday breakfast. The four were among 11 Coweta students who were chosen to attend Governor’s Honors last year.

GHP alumni Vorderlandwehr told the students that the academic content of the program was rigorous, and yet “it doesn’t even feel like you’re learning. It’s all hands-on... and it’s fun.”

This year’s nominees, by school, are:

Central Educational Center

Mitchell Busby - Technology

Cordell Kadlick - Technology

Jack Weaver - Executive Management

East Coweta High School

Amber Akbar - Biology

Christina Bure - Biology

Emma Goodwin - Communicative Arts

Valerie Mannebach - Communicative Arts

Hannah Yekel - Dance

Jennifer Osorio-Jimenez - French

Sangkyun Byun - Mathematics

Samuel Siprelle - Social Studies

Audrey Faulkner - Theatre Performance

Eric Roberts - Theatre Performance

Josue Araya - Visual Arts

Dakota Becker - Visual Arts

Aerin Dalman - Visual Arts

Madison Nunes - Visual Arts

Abigail O’Neal - Visual Arts

Hannah Rose - Visual Arts

Newnan High School

Annie Hass - Biology

Nikita Patel - Biology

Dhruv Patel - Chemistry

Hannah Thomas - Communicative Arts

Samantha Griffiths - French

Harrison Brown - Music

Lance Mapp - Music

Melinda Griffith - Music

Sarah Robinson - Music

Jeremy Messer - Social Studies

Kerrie Head - Visual Arts

Lauren Hovey - Visual Arts

Ally Thomas - Visual Arts

Brandon Wenner - Visual Arts

Northgate High School

Ja’Von Swint - Biology

Andrew Kelley - Chemistry

Audrey Goodman - Communicative Arts

Regina Bauer - Dance

Falyn Maple - Dance

Juliana Pepper - Dance

Eugene Park - Mathematics

Toryn Garrett - Music

Amelia Merriman - Music

Abby Pinaud - Social Studies

Rona Wolfe - Theatre Design

Katie Seagraves - Theatre Performance

Holly Gugert - Visual Arts

Jessica Struempf - Visual Arts

The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, the program takes place each summer on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2013 program will be the 50th summer for the program, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.



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