Thomson High School was recently notified that sophomore Ellen Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wallace, has been selected to attend the 2012 Governor’s Honors Program.
Ellen will attend the program, to be held June 24-July 21, in Valdosta, in the area of executive management.
“There are many areas of the Governor’s Honors Program and this is the business side of the program. We will learn how to finance a business and write business plans,” Ellen said. “One part of the experience I am looking forward to is learning from other students my age and their experiences.”
According to her guidance counselor Richard Williams, Ellen was nominated by her business essentials teacher Mrs. Ashley Wyatt.
“We are extremely proud of Ellen and her accomplishments,” Williams said. “We are all so proud of her.”
The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented rising 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 will be the 49th summer, 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 were chosen to participate in the 2012 program. Since the program is fully 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 challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances.