During a recently Surry County Schools Board of Education meeting the board recognized five students who attended Governor’s School.
The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses.
The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
Luke Joyce, East Surry High School, attended Governor’s School East where he was in the math program. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Ranked in the top ten of his class, he plans wants to be an engineer and attend NC State and MIT for Graduate school.
Dannis Cazarez, from Surry Early College, is president of the Interact Club and participates in Quiz Bowl, National History Day, and the Science Fair. Dannis plans to major in Philosophy, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. She was one of 22 students chosen from the state of North Carolina who participated in the International Science Fair in Los Angeles this past May. She attended Governor’s School West at Salem College and her area of study was Social Science.
Three students from North Surry High School also attended. Ashton Lawson ranks in the top ten of her class. She is a member both of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is a varsity cheerleader and involved in the HOSA chapter and student council. She was in the English program at Meredith College.
Robert Parks was located at Governor’s School East at Meredith College in the theater program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, chorus, and student council. He is an actor in the “Just Wing It” improvisational group. He recently accepted the role of Romeo in the “Romeo and Juliet” performance occurring soon at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
Hannah Button is in the top five in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She is involved in chorus and student council. She participates in local arts and performs in the community where she displays her choral talents. Hannah spent the five weeks in the choral program at West Campus at Salem College.
North Surry Principal Paige Badgett said, “I am proud of these students. All three students are leaders in the school, serving as student ambassadors for North and volunteering in the community.”
The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 400 students each: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978).
The Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction administer the program through the Exceptional Children’s Division.
The program draws faculty and staff from bright, dedicated teachers and professionals across the country, from public and private schools, colleges and universities, and independent artists and scholars. Most faculty members are in residence on campus and with the teaching assistants/counselors and students form a true community of learners.