Nearly 20 area high school students will spend this summer exploring academic interests while living on a college campus as part of one of the state’s oldest educational opportunities for academically gifted students.
Eight students from Onslow County Schools and six from Carteret County Public Schools have been selected to attend the 2017 session of Governor’s School of North Carolina. Three students from Duplin County Schools have also been selected to attend.
The local students are among 670 students from across the state who will participate in the prestigious program founded in 1963 by Gov. Terry Sanford. Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.
“Governor’s School challenges our brightest and most creative students to develop their academic and creative skills in new ways,” said North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer Maria Pitre-Martin. “The experience of Governor’s School helps these young scholars and artists see new opportunities that can shape their lives after high school.”
The students will spend June 18 through July 26 on one of two campuses: Salem College in Winston-Salem or Meredith College in Raleigh and take part in classes and activities led by Governor’s School faculty and staff, including distinguished teachers and professionals from public and private schools as well as colleges and universities from across the state.
There are no tests, grades or credit hours, just the opportunity to enrich their education through new opportunities.
The students are nominated in one of 10 specialization areas, including English, foreign language, mathematics, natural science, social science, art, choral music, instrumental music, theater and dance.
The eight students attending from Onslow County are: Inaya Rivera (dance) and Cade Mack (math), both of Jacksonville High School; Molly McAbee (choral music) and Lauryn Hyatt (English), both of Richlands High School; Kiliejah Moore (math) and Marquia Humphries (art), both of Southwest High School; Tatum Kellum (natural science) of Northside High School; and Kara Westmoreland (math) of Swansboro High School.
The six students selected from Carteret County Public Schools are: Chiragji Odedra (natural science) of Croatan High School; Jessica Phillips (choral), David Taylor Burke (instrumental), Jesse Rose (math) and Chamberlayne Cromwell (theater), all of West Carteret High School; and Riley Craig (natural science) of East Carteret High School.
The students from Duplin County Schools are: Kia S. Jeffers (math), Anna L. Thornton (natural science), and Katie E. Smith (theater).