Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Starr's Mill Student Excels at Social Studies, Earns Spot in Coveted Program

Social studies can be a difficult subject for most people. In fact, an article published last month in Newsweek, “How Dumb Are We,” reveals the results of 1,000 Americans who were given the U.S. Citizenship Test; 38 percent failed.

Starr’s Mill High student Julia Borjeson would have no problems acing the test considering that she conquered three selection processes to become a 2011 Governor’s Honors Finalist in social studies. She is one of only three students in Fayette to earn a finalist slot in the subject.

The Governor’s 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 give participants opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

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 semifinalists are selected. The semifinalists go through a final round of interviews at the state level, which determines those who will be chosen for the program.

Fayette County has a total of 19 students who were selected for the 2011 Governor’s Honors Program in the areas of social studies, biology, communicative arts, German, mathematics, music, Spanish, technology, and theatre.

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