A rising Thomson High School junior will spend six weeks studying the French Horn as part of the 200 Georgia Governor's Honors Program at Valdosta State University.
Amanda Davis has been a leader in the Bulldog Brigade and was selected as first chair in the Georgia Music Educators' District Honor Band.
Students are selected for GHP after being nominated in a specific instructional area. Ms. Davis had to audition for the program and had spent "many hours" working on the audition piece and practicing for the interview, according to Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade Director Jesse Morlan. He said Assistant Band Director Emmie Hines was a great help during Amanda's preparation process.
Mr. Morlan said he is proud of Amanda and "really thrilled that she will represent THS, McDuffie County and the Bulldog Brigade at GHP."
Amanda said she was surprised to be selected for the program.
"I was very nervous, considering there were approximately 25 people auditioning for six spots, but I told myself that the only thing that I could do was to relax, to be prepared, and to try my best," she said.¬Ý"Being selected was probably one of the most memorable moments in my high school career so far, and I feel that I will learn more about music and myself this summer in Valdosta."