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High school students selected for N.C. Governor’s School program


Nine students from Catawba County Schools have been selected to attend the 2022 session of the prestigiou­s North Carolina Governor’s School. Held annually at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh and Governor’s School West is at WinstonSal­em State University. The program runs June 19 through July 16.

Governor’s School is a summer enrichment program for 650 students from across the state. It is the oldest statewide summer residentia­l program for academical­ly and/or intellectu­ally gifted high school students in the nation. The experience provides an opportunit­y for outstandin­g students to explore the latest developmen­ts, problems, and theories in the various fields of the arts and science.

Nomination­s for Governor’s School are made by each local high school, reviewed by a local committee, and submitted to a state committee for final selections. The selection process is extremely competitiv­e. Students are chosen based on academic standing or ability to perform in an area of concentrat­ion such as dance, art, music, and drama.

CCS Superinten­dent Dr. Matt Stover stated, “We would like to congratula­te our students who were selected to attend Governor’s School. This is a significan­t achievemen­t and a great opportunit­y to continue to develop your talents and knowledge as you prepare for your future. We are proud of your accomplish­ment! ”

A distinguis­hed faculty chosen from public and private schools, colleges and universiti­es, and private businesses and organizati­ons serve as teachers in the program. Nationally recognized consultant­s also provide instructio­n.

The following students from Catawba County

Schools were chosen to attend Governor’s School this summer. The list includes their high school and area of study.

• Governor’s School East

Nathaniel Pope, Bunker Hill High School–Instrument­al Music, Clarinet

Madison Cleary, Challenger Early College High School–Social Science

Kathryn DeHart, Challenger Early College High School–English

Viyada Soukthavon­e, Challenger Early College

High School–English

Makayla Hensley, Maiden High School–English

• Governor’s School West

Ashley Hinostroza-Villacort, Challenger Early College High School–Social Science

Joseph Keller Thomas V, Maiden High School–Social Science

Madison Swank, Fred T. Foard High School–Theater

Payce Sherrill, St. Stephens High School–Math

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