Thomson High student Amanda Davis was selected to attend the six-week Governor's Honors Program in the area of music -- the French horn.
"I'm very interested in music," she told the Board of Education at a November meeting after being nominated for consideration to the prestigious summer program.
Three students were also named as alternates: Helen Hill, visual arts; Crystal McCorkle, mathematics; and Colby Henrick, executive business management. The advisor to the Governor's Honors Program is Thomson High School Counselor Richard Williams.
Amanda will join a select group of top students from Georgia when she attends the program from June 12-July 23, said Joe Searle, director of the Governor's Honors Program.
Now in its 42nd year of operation, the program receives over 2,500 applications annually which represent the top one percent of students in the state. Of those applicants, 675 are invited to attend, which works out to one third of one percent of sophomores and juniors in the state.
"That's pretty elite company," Dr. Searle said.
Amanda will undergo instructional classes designed to provide students challenging opportunities not normally available during the school year. The activities are aimed at allowing students to gain skills, knowledge and attitudes that will remain with them for years as they become life long learners.
Dr. Searle said the program can provide opportunities for learning that may be among the most memorable in a student's career.
"In 1968 I was a student in the program in the area of music. As a student at any level of instruction, this was the most important and meaningful experience I ever had," Dr. Searle said.
Students will attend the program at Valdosta State University which has served as a host site since 1980. The program has served 26,000 students. It is the longest continually running program of its kind in the United States, Dr. Searle noted.
While participating, students study their major area of interest and also chose a minor area from among the following fields: agriscience/biotechnology, English (communication arts), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theatre, music, dance, design, technology, and executive management.
Instruction is also provided in four support areas -- computers, counseling, library/media and physical fitness.