Six students selected for Gov. Honors

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Six Rockdale County students will get a special summer experience this year.

The state Governor's Honors Program announced recently that six high school students from Rockdale County Public Schools were selected as part of the 700 finalists for the 2011 summer program. Last year, seven RCPS students were invited to the program.

"We are extremely proud of our students. The selection process is very competitive and to be chosen to participate in any of the topic categories is quite an accomplishment," said RCPS Superintendent Samuel King. "These students have the opportunity to gain practical and in-depth knowledge through a rigorous and enriching summer program which they will build upon in their future endeavors."

Those chosen are Heritage High School's Mark Fred Umland and Rebecca Cayton, Rockdale County High School's Jonathan Davis and Cameron Easley and Salem High School's Megan Lee and Mary Ann Roden.

The state-funded program is in its 48th year and is held at the campus of Valdosta State University for a few weeks each summer.

Students were nominated by their teachers for a specific instructional area matching their abilities, aptitudes and interests. Nominees had to provide recommendation letters and grades, and these nominees also recently participated in state interviews or auditions.

Only rising juniors and seniors from Georgia's public and private high schools are eligible to participate in the program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not generally available during the regular school year.

This summer's GHP is scheduled from June 26 until July 23. Usually, the program lasts six weeks, but this year it was cut due to revenue shortfalls and reduced budgets at the state level.

While there, students will take classes in the areas of their majors and minors, as well as participate in elective classes, attend seminars and hear from special guests.

Instructional areas offered include English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theater, music, dance, executive business management, commercial and industrial architectural design, technology and agriscience in the area of biotechnology or environmental science.