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NHCS Students Selected for NC Governor’s School

Twenty-three New Hanover County Schools students have been selected to attend the 2018 session of the Governor’s School of North Carolina. 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: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.  

Listed below are the names of the students who will be attending the 2018 session from New Hanover County Schools:

Ashley High School
John Mallin, Natural Science
Joseph Wenz, Natural Science
Diana Winner, Choral Music (Soprano I)

Hoggard High School
Dana Bumbalo, Social Science
Rachel Collins, Choral Music (Soprano I)
Ellie Joplin, Choral Music (Soprano II)
Mikala Parnell, Social Science
Anna Taylor, Natural Science
Fletcher Williams, Choral Music (Bass II)

Isaac Bear Early College High School
Hanna Azizi, Math

Laney High School
Emma Bowman, Dance
Cuauhtemoc Galindo, Social Science
James Risley, Choral Music (Tenor II)
Andie Roylance, Natural Science
Kendall Scott, Math

New Hanover High School
Alissa Boyette, Math
Jack Canseco, Instrumental Music (Saxophone)
Theory Ledbetter, Instrumental Music (French Horn)
Catherine Schoettelkotte, Natural Science
Lily Smith, Instrumental Music (Violin)
Grace Tippett, Dance
Edwin West, Natural Science

Wilmington Early College High School
Maya Palanza, Natural Science

About Governor’s School

The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half 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.

All students study in three curricular areas:

  1. The basic study of the student's nomination, that emphasizes contemporary texts, compositions, artistic expressions, issues, and ideas and the theories that flow from them. Each campus focuses on ten academic and performing/visual arts disciplines:  English, French (East), Spanish (West), Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, Art, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, Theater, Dance.
  2. Study that explores connections between and among the Area I disciplines. As integrative concepts emerge, the class attempts to construct an understanding of contemporary ways of thinking and of the culture that arises from them.
  3. Study that grounds the learning from Areas I and II in student's own personal experience, and applies that understanding to their social worlds; that is, they try to discover links between ideas and actions, theory and practice.

Area I, II, and III classes are augmented by a rich array of visiting speakers, performances, exhibitions, field trips, demonstrations, optional seminars, and film series. (Social and recreational events complement the academic focus.)

Faculty and staff are drawn 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.

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Posted: 03/05/18