As fall semester rolls around, several students are given the opportunity to participate in the Georgia Governors Honors Program. The program, commonly known as “GHP,” is a summer program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students from across the state the opportunity to receive challenging instruction in their subjects for four weeks in the summer. This year, the program will be held at Valdosta State University.
Many GHP alumni have commented on the experience as unforgettable and one of the most amazing events they have ever participated in. These notable GHP alumni encompass a wide range of people—varying from musicians, film producers, university professors, engineers and novelists.
Rising juniors and seniors in Georgia’s public and private schools are nominated for this program by their teachers during the school year. Each student is nominated in a specific subject area in which they are skilled and/or interested. Nominees then go through an extensive selection process in which transcripts of grades are submitted, and statewide interviews and auditions are conducted. Anna Kovalsky [JR] recalls how difficult and complicated the selection process was. “I was nominated by my Spanish teacher this year, although I did not make it through the second round of the selection. The interview was very intense—the GHP interviewer asked me various questions in Spanish, testing my communications skills in the language.”
Several students here from Chattahoochee, like Anna, are nominated every year and compete against other Georgia high school students for an exclusive spot in the program, and some are fortunate enough to make it through the first and second rounds of the selection process, and on their way to Valdosta State University in the summer to attend the program. Not only are participants able to immerse themselves in a subject that they feel passionate about, but are also able to live on a college campus for four weeks.
If you possess talent in a particular subject area, GHP may be an excellent opportunity to strengthen your future college application and to further explore a potential career choice.