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17 UCPS students chosen for 2014 Governor’s School

Melissa Hagsteadt, a student at Marvin Ridge High, shares a photo of students performing in the instrumental music area on the East Campus of Governor's School. Pictured are Instrumental Music students performing a "music bomb" outside on the quad.

Seventeen Union County Public Schools students have joined hundreds of the most distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors to attend the 2014 Governor's School.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented 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.

Opening day of the 2014 session of the Governor’s School was June 15. It concluded Wednesday, July 23.

There are seven selected areas of study: art, dance, English, instrumental music, math, natural science and Spanish.

UCPS students on the East Campus are:
Denise Cochran-Gentry (CATA) dance;
Kyle Johnson (CATA), instrumental music;
Kaitlyn Izzo (Cuthbertson High) natural science;
Benjamin Laramee (Cuthbertson High) instrumental music;
Misbah Ahmad (Marvin Ridge), natural science;
Melissa Hagsteadt (Marvin Ridge High) instrumental music;
Natalie Huffman (Marvin Ridge High), English;
Madison E. Tibbetts (Piedmont High School), art;
Nigel L. Barber (Weddington High) art;
Sahil Vasa (Weddington High), math;
Walker Cherry (Weddington High), instrumental music;

UCPS students on the West Campus are:
Jessica Suggs (CATA) English;
Megan K. Stephens (Cuthbertson High) math;
Walter L. Bonar (Marvin Ridge High), instrumental music;
Kayla Thompson (Marvin Ridge High), Spanish;
Jacqueline I Neu (Porter Ridge High School), art;
William Spence (Porter Ridge High), math;

The Governor's School of North Carolina was founded in 1963 by former Gov. Terry Sanford. Governor’s School West began in 1963 and Governor’s School East began in 1978.

The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Jul 24, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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