Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fayette County Students Make the Cut as Governor's Honors Candidates

A total of 66 students from Fayette’s five high schools have been named candidates for the 2009 Governors Honors Program.

The selection process is lengthy and begins in the fall when teachers from each high school nominate students for outstanding performance in particular areas of study. The nominated students advance to county-level interviews where the candidates for state consideration are selected. Fayette’s candidates represent the following subject areas: biology, communicative arts, dance, design, French, German, mathematics, music, physics, social studies, Spanish, theatre and visual arts.

The next step for the candidates will be interviews with state officials to determine who will participate in the six-week summer study program in Valdosta. Thousands of students from throughout Georgia will compete for the coveted spots. Results from the state-level interviews will be released in March or early April.

The Governors Honors Program provides intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

A reception is being held in honor of the 66 candidates on January 20 in the McIntosh High cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the students following at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

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