Recently, seven students were nominated to tentatively represent Thomson High School in the Governor's Honors Program this upcoming summer.
Nominations from the fine arts department include Andrea Culpepper, Cody Adkins, Aaron Dixon, and Tim Pounds. All of these students were nominated by Jesse Morlan, Director of Bands at Thomson High.
Mr. Pounds said that what he hopes to gain from Governor's Honors is "leadership to prepare me for my job in the future and for helping with the band next year. I want to be a music educator."
Other nominations include Mackenzie Mullins who was nominated in biology by Ann Pereda, Brianna Hart who was nominated in communication by Susan Hitt, and Anthoney Brown who was nominated in executive management by Ebony Sanders.
Governor's Honors is a summer learning program that intellectually advanced students attend in which they are able to gather with other students from across the state as they learn to communicate and excel in education. The road to Governor's Honors, however, is not an easy trek.
First, a student must be nominated by a teacher at his or her high school. The student is nominated in a specific curriculum by a teacher who believes that the student has surpassed the average level of learning in that course. Then, as Brianna Hart said, the student must fill out "a long, tedious application." After the application is completed all of the students must be interviewed first in October or November, then again in January or February. When the student has completed this process, they may be chosen to attend the program.
The students are now awaiting one last interview in February, in the hopes of traveling to Valdosta State University to attend this prestigious program the summer of 2008. Last year's Governor's Honors representative Jerrica Bell said the program is great because "You're learning from the best!"