Newnan High School student Nathaniel Pylant, left, who performed for students, parents and dignitaries at the annual program, and East Coweta student and Governor’s Honors alumnus Luke Turner, who spoke to students about his experiences in last year’s program.

From Coweta County Schools Press Release

Coweta County School System’s student nominees to the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program were honored by their schools before moving on to interviews and auditions for the prestigious program.

The nominees – sophomores and juniors from East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate High Schools and the Central Educational Center – were recognized at a morning program January 11. Superintendent Steve Barker told this year’s 49 nominees and their parents that the annual breakfast program is one of the highlights of the year, and congratulated the students on their nominations to this year’s program, and thanked the student’s parents, teachers, counselors and administrative staff for their support of the student nominees.

Newnan High School student Nathaniel Pylant – a nominee to this year’s GHP in music – performed the song “Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast for the breakfast.  GHP alumnus Luke Turner – an East Coweta High School who attended the program as a Social Studies major last year – spoke to the students about what to expect at the annual program.

Turner took courses in Theodore Roosevelt and America’s rise to superpower status, but also minored in math.  He participated in a mock supreme court argument, and also experienced orchestral music and Broadway shows.

“The purpose… is to find out what your passions are and thrive with them” he said.  Turner said he met many new friends from around the state “and I met myself.”

This year’s nominees were introduced by their high school principals. Nominees from each school and their main area of study are:

The Central Educational Center:
Madison Arsenault (East Coweta High) (Agricultural Science)
Janie Edgar (Newnan High) (Engineering)

East Coweta High School:
Sean Alexander (Science)
Samantha Bartholomew (Communicative Arts)
Angela Brown (Engineering)
Aileen Cox (World Languages)
Laura Denton (Music)
Andi Hardy (Visual Arts)
Holly Hind (Visual Arts)
Isaac Jones (Visual Arts)
Sangbin Lee (Visual Arts)
Dylan Maldonado (Visual Arts)
Sujit Patel (Engineering)
Abigail Phillips (Dance)
Emily Prosser (Social Studies)
Kate Turner (Mathematics)
Cameron Williams (Communicative Arts)
William Yang (Music)

Northgate High School:
Alyssa Duncan (Visual Arts)
Anne Minnick (World Languages)
Ashley Dombrowski (Communicative Arts)
Ashley Kangas (Music)
Ashlyn Carney (Dance)
Davis McIntire (Engineering)
Jack Heatherman (Social Studies)
Katharine Wisenbaker (Communicative Arts)
Luke Hanks (Mathematics)
Mallory Jackson (Communicative Arts)
Morgan Robertson (Science)
Olivia Sims (Mathematics)
Samantha Morrison (Theatre)
Samuel Pfliger (Mathematics)
Wade Pickett (Science)

Newnan High School:
Anastasia Mattingly (Dance)
April Lindon (Social Studies)
Anthony Lowe (Visual Arts)
Austin Thornton (Music)
Cambrie Salyards (Mathematics)
Gabrielle Blevins (World Languages)
Heather Sibley (Music)
Jenna Stover (Social Studies)
Jon Thomas Adcock (Music)
Kaitlyn Adams (World Languages)
Katherine Williams (Communicative Arts)
Malena Powers (Communicative Arts)
Nathaniel Pylant (Music)
Radford Wyrick (Science)
Zachary Quick (Mathematics)
Ryan Potts (Social Studies)

The nominees to this year’s Governor’s Honors Program will attend state-level interviews or recitals in January and February. A successful interview may land them a spot in the prestigious summer residential program for gifted and artistically talented high school scholars. Students who are accepted as finalists are notified in March.

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is an annual four-week summer residential program for Georgia students, held June 17 through July14 this year. The highly selective program is designed to provide intellectually and artistically gifted sophomores and juniors challenging educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.
During the four weeks of the program, students spend mornings in their major area of nomination, and choose a secondary area of study for the afternoons. The curriculum is supplemented with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances. Overall, the experience is designed to challenge and engage Georgia’s brightest students, and provide participants with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly and operates at no cost to participants.

High School counselors, Central Educational Center staff, and school system curriculum administrators organized this year’s program.