(Media release from the Floyd County Schools):

22 of Floyd County Schools’ (FCS) top students were selected to advance in the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) selection process! GHP is a four-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students with challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The 22 sophomores and juniors selected will complete the state level online application for the opportunity to be selected as a semifinalist and represent FCS in the in-person GHP interviews to be held in late February.

GHP will take place on the campus of Georgia Southern University this summer. Rising juniors and seniors in Georgia public and private high schools are eligible to be nominated by their teachers to participate in the program. The program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, so there is no charge for students to attend. For four weeks, 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 areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.

Each applicant must go through a very extensive selection process to be invited to participate in the program. Transcripts of grades and records, nomination forms, endorsements, and other pertinent information are submitted to substantiate the nominations and the students must interview with a local screening committee.

Major instructional areas are agricultural research, biotechnology and science, communicative arts, computer science, dance, engineering, mathematics, music, science, social studies, theatre performance, visual arts, and world languages. Students also select a minor area outside their major area of study. These include all the major instructional areas as well as additional offerings that reflect the interests and abilities of the instructional staff.

Congratulations to the following 22 District finalists and three alternates for GHP. They will represent FCS in the next level of competition.

Armuchee High School

Benjamin Cranford11thMathematics
Marissa Kimple11thScience- Chemistry
Elan Mcclain10thMathematics
Kaylee Nichols11thScience- Biology
Grayson Perry11thCommunicative Arts
Ryan Strickland11thMathematics
Riley Sutton11thCommunicative Arts
Issac Tucker10thSocial Studies
Ivey Whitaker11thCommunicative Arts

Coosa High School

Braxton Garner10thScience- Biology
Jeremy Pearson11thDance
Kaleigh Pickard11thAgriculture Research, Biotechnology, and Science

Model High School

Walker Gallman11thEngineering- Mechanical Design
Maddox Gibson11thWorld Language Spanish
Sophie Lawing11thScience- Biology
Natalie Long10thCommunicative Arts

Pepperell High School

Aiden Bayone11thComputer Science
Branson Beard10thEngineering- Mechanical Design
Emily Escutia11thMusic- Woodwinds: Clarinet
Sarah Gee11thMusic- Woodwinds: Flute
Gracie Hutcheson11thMusic- Voice: Soprano
Samuel Sandoval-Reyes10thMusic- Woodwinds: Clarinet


Alexander JessieModel High10thScience- Biology
Thomas PattersonModel High10thScience- Biology
Sara Grace AbernathyModel High10thCommunicative Arts