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Six NCSS students selected for summer study program

Eastside High students, left to right, Kaylah Kennedy, Matthew Dean and Anna Davis have been selected to participate in this summer’s Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University. Newton High students Ian Cole, Hezekiah Rogers and Brittany Webb were also selected for the program Each student will be studying a specific subject at the four-week long program in June. (Special photo)

Eastside High students, left to right, Kaylah Kennedy, Matthew Dean and Anna Davis have been selected to participate in this summer’s Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University. Newton High students Ian Cole, Hezekiah Rogers and Brittany Webb were also selected for the program Each student will be studying a specific subject at the four-week long program in June. (Special photo)

COVINGTON – Six students from the Newton County School System have been chosen to take part in the 2014 Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University in June.

According to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, the GHP is a four-week-long summer residential program that is designed to provide intellectually and artistically gifted students enriching educational opportunities that are typically not available during the school year. The program operates at no cost to the participants and is funded by the Georgia General Assembly. GHP will give students the chance to obtain skills to become independent life-long learners, while giving them a taste of life on a college campus at the same time.

From Eastside High, Anna Davis, Matthew Dean and Kaylah Kennedy will be taking a trip to Valdosta for GHP. Davis and Kennedy will be majoring in Latin, while Dean will be focusing on the musical voice area of study.

Newton High students Ian Cole, Hezekiah Rogers and Brittany Webb will be joining their Eastside peers in June. Cole’s major will be visual arts, Rogers will be participating in the music program, and Webb will study math.

NCSS stated that program finalists are nominated by their teachers for a specific instructional area matching their abilities, interests and aptitudes. Nominees are required to take part in a state-wide screening process, which includes an interview or audition depending on the student’s desired major, as well as submit endorsements and grade transcripts.

In addition to the finalists, Newton High students Ann Marie Nyokoro and Craig Thomas have been selected as alternatives. Alternative students are ranked within their nominated subject area, and attend only if someone from their subject area cannot or does not attend.

“The competition to be selected as a Governor’s Honors Program finalist is rigorous; we are elated to have six exceptional district representatives,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Our finalists will have a great experience at the Governor’s Honors Summer Program where they will be able to study their disciplines more closely with other finalists from around the state. Congratulations to our finalists, their parents and teachers!”