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15 Floyd County students move Forward in GHP

October 26, 2021–7:00 p.m.


Dedicated students competed recently for the opportunity to go to school during the summer. 15 of Floyd County Schools (FCS) top students were selected to advance in the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) selection process! GHP is a four-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students with challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The 15 sophomores and juniors selected will complete the state-level online application for the opportunity to be selected as a semifinalist and represent FCS in the in-person GHP interviews to be held in late February.

GHP will take place on the campus of Berry College for the fifth time this summer. Rising juniors and seniors in Georgia public and private high schools are eligible to be nominated by their teachers to participate in the program. The program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, so there is no charge for students to attend. For four weeks, students 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 areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.

Each applicant must go through a very extensive selection process to be invited to participate in the program. Transcripts of grades and records, nomination forms, endorsements, and other pertinent information are submitted to substantiate the nominations and the students must interview with a local screening committee. 

Congratulations to the following 15 District finalists and three alternates for GHP. They will represent FCS in the next level of competition.

Armuchee High School

Matthew Campbell, junior, Social Studies

Benjamin Cranford, sophomore, Mathematics

Rayna Love, junior, Communicative Arts

Aidan Mowery, junior, Social Studies

Grayson Perry, sophomore, Mathematics

Mary Grace Traylor, junior, Communicative Arts

Ethan Wilder, sophomore, Science- Biology

Coosa High School

Heleen Akrayee, junior, Science- Biology

Shania McConnell, junior, Dance

Model High School

Emma Couch, junior, Communicative Arts

Amara Howard, junior, Science- Biology

AnnaLee McCary, junior, Communicative Arts

Adriana Rankin, junior, Science- Chemistry

Jack Robinson, junior, Engineering- Mechanical Design

Malachi Veillon, junior, Social Studies


Emily Escutia, Pepperell High, sophomore, Music- Woodwinds: Clarinet

Sophie Lawing, Model High, sophomore, Agriculture Research, Biotechnology, and Science

Ryan Strickland, Armuchee High, sophomore, Mathematics

Major instructional areas are agricultural research, biotechnology and science, communicative arts, dance, engineering, mathematics, music, science, social studies, theatre performance, visual arts, and world languages. Students also select a minor area outside their major area of study. These include all the major instructional areas as well as additional offerings that reflect the interests and abilities of the instructional staff.