MOULTRIE, Ga. — Colquitt County High School students Elise Babb and Eddie Hamilton have been selected as the 2020 Governor’s Honors Program semifinalists.
The program is a residential summer program offered by the state of Georgia for talented and gifted rising high school juniors and seniors that offers instruction atypical of the usual high school classroom curriculum. The program is held in midsummer, from mid-June to mid-July, on a college or university campus; for the Colquitt County students, that campus will be at Berry College in Rome, Ga.
“The top students are invited to an intensive instructive summer course in various subjects, such as math and science. Most summers they invite 600 students, which represents the top quarter of a percent of all the students in the state,” said Vance Hurst, physics and AP research instructor at Colquitt County High School and former instructor for the program. “The program is run by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. It started in 1964 and has been running continuously ever since. It is the longest running governor’s school in the state. The kids are introduced to in-depth material that they wouldn’t get in a high school setting. It is super competitive to be accepted.”
The governor’s office gives each county a number of nomination spots equal to one percent of their student population for their tenth and eleventh grade classes. For Colquitt County, that equaled just 11 spots, including homeschooled students.
There are a variety of subjects to be nominated for, including literature, dance, agriculture, foreign languages and engineering. Hamilton was selected to be interviewed for the chemistry program and Babb was selected for communicative arts, which is the literature program. If the students are selected from their interviews, which will take place this month, they will spend their summer learning lab methods in analytic chemistry and novel analysis and poetry respectively.