Two juniors, Josh Hines of Armuchee High School, and Braden Gilleland of Model High School have been selected to participate in the 2014 Governor’s Honors Program. Governor’s Honors is a four-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students with challenging and enriching educational opportunities not available during the regular school year. Hines was selected for the category of communicative arts, and Gilleland was selected for math.
Hines’ impressive resume of activities while at Armuchee helped him earn a spot in the Governor’s Honors Program. He has maintained a 3.8 GPA, while completing a challenging load of academic classes including 10 honors courses and three advanced placement courses. Hines is not limited to being a high performer in the classroom. He also participates in Key club, Journalism club, Floyd Action Team, and he is an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hines other extracurricular activities include being a part of the crew of the “Tribe Vibe” morning announcement show, playing varsity tennis, and being the mascot for Armuchee High.
Gilleland has received numerous academic awards at Model High. His is in the SAT 2100 club, which is for students who earn a 2100 or higher score on the SAT. Gilleland currently attends Georgia Academy of Aviation Mathematics Engineering and Science (GAMES), at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran. The purpose of GAMES at Middle Georgia State is to provide an academically enriched residential environment for top-performing high school juniors and seniors seeking to enhance and accelerate their education. Students in the GAMES program simultaneously earn their high school diploma and an associate college degree. As a participant in GAMES, Gilleland was a representative to the Model African Union Conference held in Washington, DC. At Model, he is a member of National Honor Society, and participated on the tennis team his sophomore year.
In the Governor’s Honors Program, each applicant is required to go through an extensive selection process to be invited. Transcripts of grades and records, nomination forms, endorsements and other pertinent information about the applicants are submitted for review. Students are also interviewed by a screening committee as a part of the selection process at the local level. The local nominees are then sent to statewide screening interviews and auditions. Thousands of students from across the state are interviewed and audition for the opportunity to be a part of Governor’s Honors.
The program’s activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners. Major instructional areas included in the program are: communicative arts (English), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theater, music, dance, design, technology, and executive management. Instruction is also provided in four support areas – computers, counseling, library/media, and physical fitness. For four weeks, students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one additional area in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.