Local students attend Governor's School

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 04:37 PM

This summer, 15 students from Union County Public Schools attended Governor’s School after passing through a rigorous selection process. 

The students are nominated by teachers, then a panel at the central office chooses which applications to send to Raleigh. Based on the size of the 10th and 11th grade classes, the system is able to send 27 academic applicants and 16 performing and visual arts applicants. The performing and visual arts applicants have to audition or show a portfolio. 

“It’s pretty hard to get in,” Carolyn White, director of student testing at Union County Public Schools, said. 

“We get a lot more applications than are actually able to be sent on to the Raleigh level,” White said. “It’s an honor to get nominated from the school in the first place.”

She said the students are challenged and believe to enjoy it. It used to be offered as a free program, but now costs about $500. 

White said they send about the same number of students each year, it does not vary much.

Students attended programs in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. 

Twelve students attended Governor’s School East in Raleigh. 

Alyson Graham and Adrienne Bonar of Marvin Ridge High School attended for instrumental music. Cassandra Brown of Forest Hills High School, Alexander Abuaita and Colby Hathaway of Cuthbertson High School also attended for instrumental music.

Megan Piet of Central Academy of Technology and Arts attended for English. Kaylea Blackman of CATA and Jennifer Capone of Sun Valley High School attended for mathematics. Kelly Wilson of Weddington High School attended for natural science. Allison Schneider of CATA attended for dance. Jordan Mayfield of Weddington High School and Laura Money of Marvin Ridge High School attended for art. 

Three students attended Governor’s School West in Winston-Salem. 

Myranda Staiano of Parkwood High School and Rachel Carroll of Porter Ridge High School attended for English. Madison Simpson of Sun Valley High School attended for mathematics.

“It’s a real honor to get to go,” White said. “First you get selected at the school level, then you get selected by a committee ... if you’re one of those final ones chosen, it is quite an honor.”