(Media release from Rome, GA City Schools):

Four Rome High students, Alexa Acevedo, Emillie Maloney, Gabriella Palma, and Tamara Wright-Branch, have been named Governor’s Honors Semifinalists. These four students now advance to the final round of interviews for selection into the prestigious summer program.

“We are extremely proud of these four individuals who have worked very hard in their respective disciplines, and we know they will represent Rome High School well,” Rome High Principal Parke Wilkinson said.

Each individual is nominated in a specific category and must complete interviews and auditions depending on the category. Maloney is nominated in Dance. Wright-Branch and Palma are nominated in Visual Arts, and Acevedo is nominated in Foreign Language (French).

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, more commonly known as GHP, is a residential summer program for skilled, knowledgeable, and talented high school sophomores and juniors. GHP offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and is designed to provide students with the academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

More than 4,000 Georgia students were nominated to the state-wide competition with roughly 1,500 of those being selected as semifinalists.