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3 BHS Students Finalists in Ga. Governor’s Honors Program
    Mar 26, 2012

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The Decatur County School System has received notification that three students have been selected as finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.  A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University (VSU).  The 2012 program will be the 49th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.

More than 2900 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and from those nominees 690 finalists were chosen to participate in the 2012 program.  Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

Students will arrive on the campus of VSU on Sunday, June 24.  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 of the other areas in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging.  Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.

Mr. Dale Lyles, director, said, “GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment.  I congratulate the students of the Decatur County School System and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June.”  He added that many if not most of GHP’s past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events in their lives.

Bainbridge High School’s finalists for the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are: Caroline New, daughter of Chris and Randi New, Communicative Arts; Eli Poche, son of Jodi Brown, Communicative Arts; and Taylor Strickland, daughter of Ben and Debbie Strickland, Social Studies.

Mr. Tommie Howell, Principal of Bainbridge High School, stated, “We are very excited to have three finalists from Bainbridge High School. Governor’s Honors is the premier program for gifted students in Georgia, and I congratulate Caroline, Eli, and Taylor for their selection this year.

More information about GHP can be found on the Department of Education website ( under the division of School Improvement.

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