Thomson High School has nominated six students to the state-level interviews for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.
The 2012 nominees and their honors categories are Carlye Robertson, communicative arts; Trevor Fisher, biology; Elizabeth Johnson, mathematics; Mitchell Powers, music/jazz (trombone); Carter Wolfe, music/brass (trumpet); and Ellen Wallace, executive management.
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, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University.
The 2012 program is the 49th, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.
More than 2,800 students from across the state go through interviews and auditions over three weekends in January and February. From those nominees, 690 finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2012 program.
Because the program is funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.
During the four weeks of the program, students spend the morning 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 the areas is described as challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances.
“GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment,” said director Dale Lyles. “I congratulate the students of Thomson High School and look forward to meeting them and their parents at the interviews.”
He said many, if not most, of GHP’s past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events they have experienced.