COVINGTON -- More than 30 Newton County students will learn this week if they will get to participate in an educational summer program in south Georgia.
The Newton County School System recently announced that it has 32 students -- seven from Alcovy High School, 13 from Eastside High and 12 from Newton High -- who were nominated to represent the district in this year's annual Governor's Honors program.
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 usually available during the regular school year, according to NCSS.
The students will learn their fates at 4 p.m. Friday, when finalists are announced for this year's program. Their names will be placed on the Governor's Honors Program page on the Georgia Department of Education's Web site, www.doe.k12.ga.us.
Last year, only three Eastside High School students were part of the nearly 700 students chosen from around the state. GHP hasn't announced how many students from around the state will be chosen for this year's program.
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.
At A Glance
2011 Newton County School System Governor's Honors Program Nominees
Name - School - Area of Nomination
Meredith Hewitt - Alcovy High School - Visual Arts
Robert Hight - Alcovy High School - Biology
Jeffrey Jones - Alcovy High School - Social Studies
Max Alas Solorio - Alcovy High School - Chemistry
Amanda Barrentine - Alcovy High School - Latin
Sandy Davis - Alcovy High School - Latin
Dominique Claggette - Alcovy High School - Visual Arts
Robin Greer - Eastside High School - Mathematics
Seth Kimbrell - Eastside High School - Latin
Marshal Conner Bryan - Eastside High School - Latin
Morgan Green - Eastside High School - Latin
Jazmin Ireland Eastside High School - Latin
Maya Collins - Eastside High School - Mathematics
Mary Lathem - Eastside High School - Communicative Arts
Arynn Veteto - Eastside High School - Visual Arts
Brittany Worton - Eastside High School - Visual Arts
Kalin Jordan - Eastside High School - Visual Arts
Marisa Trammel - Eastside High School - Music/Woodwinds (Flute)
Gemariah M E Clark - Eastside High School - Music/Brass (Tuba)
Chelsea Flowers - Eastside High School - Music/Voice (Alto)
Martha Gourley - Newton High School - Dance
Alex Grady - Newton High School - Mathematics
Ian Bachiller - Newton High School - Social Studies
Jasmine Johnson - Newton High School - Social Studies
Jemeia Kollie - Newton High School - Social Studies
Ian Elliott - Newton High School - Social Studies
Omar Scruggs - Newton High School - Social Studies
Shacora Mitchell - Newton High School - Executive Management
Alexander Oshifodunrin - Newton High School - Technology
Amanda Manowski - Newton High School - Visual Arts
Aaron Cole - Newton High School - Visual Arts
Erica Dawkins - Newton High School - Music/Voice (Alto)