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You will feel intimidated, but be very excited, this experience will change your life.


These are but a few of the thoughts last year's Governor's School attendees shared with the group of 13 students who will be attending Governor's School this summer.


OCS held a special meet and greet at Thompson Early Childhood Center May 17th, to give students and parents the opportunity to ask questions and garner information about the 6-week summer program for gifted and talented high school students.


Governor's School of North Carolina Coordinator Thomas Winton and Special Assistant Camilla Robertson came in from Raleigh to lend advice and calm parents' nerves.


Of the 1,778 students who applied, only 670 students from across the state were accepted, 13 of which were from OCS, which is impressive. Last year 13 OCS students were accepted.

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, is a five-week summer residential program which is open to rising seniors, is located on two campuses of up to 305 students each: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). Students are encouraged to apply in areas including art, music, theater, English, world languages, math, natural science, and social science. Throughout their time, students are immersed in both academic and creative ventures which allow them to learn new information while also making life-long friendships.

In November, students submitted an application which included essays, nominations from teachers, personal experiences, and academic achievement information. Students were either interviewed by a team including community members or had auditions for selection. The NC Governor’s School has selected 13 students from Onslow County and tonight we get to recognize them.

There are so many things that we could share about each one of these students, but here are a few things you might like to know about them:

From Northside High School (Janice Barbee, Counselor; Mrs. Maria Johnson- Principal)

1.    Khulan Khuchibaatarr (Natural Science)- Khulan's family immigrated from Mongolia to the United States in 2003.  Being selected to attend Governor's School is the first honor of this nature that anyone in her family has ever received.

2.    Dejha Nixon (Mathematics)-Dejha aspires to be an engineer and hopes that the knowledge she gains from attending Governor's School will help her in this quest.

3.    Rico Castillo (Percussion) -Rico was particularly honored to be chosen as a percussionist for Governor's School, especially since this is only the 3rd year he has participated in percussion education.

Jacksonville High School (Sue Lynn Whitehurst, counselor; Dr. Donna Lynch- Principal)

4.    Sailor Drum (Dance)- In March 2015, Sailor was chosen to perform in The University of North Carolina School of the Art's Dance Festival at the Steven's Center. Sailor was also casted and preformed as Clara in a production of "The Nutcracker."

5.    Joseph Cheung (Viola)- Joseph made the Eastern Regional Orchestra in the spring of 2016.

6.    Alan Davila (Natural Science)- Alan was selected to attend Summer Ventures in Science and Math as a rising junior Nominated for a Catalyst Award at Summer Ventures for developing a computer model of graphene (an allotrope of carbon).

7.    Kaitlin Coogan (English)- Kaitlin is a very active member of our community and her school.  She is on the varsity softball team as well as a participant in various organizations including Interact, SADD, and HOSA.  Earlier this year she was inducted into the Ralph T. Croom Chapter of the National Honor Society.

8.    Avery Woods (Dance)- As a middle schooler, Avery attended a National Dance competition in New York City and since then she has won many scholarships at conventions and numerous awards at dance competitions. Avery has been accepted into national Honor Society, invited to attend the Rotary Club Leadership Conference, and has had many opportunities in spring musicals with dancing and choreography.

9.    Katherine Spade (Percussion)- Katherine was selected twice to the Eastern Regional Orchestra and once to the North Carolina Honors Orchestra ; Recently Katie learned that she has been admitted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her senior year.

 

Swansboro High School (Jane Simpson, Counselor; Mrs. Chris Andre- Principal)

10.  Alexandria Chadwick (Math)- Alexandria attended Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics at East Carolina University. She is also the Junior Class President and recently donated $2,000 to the community as President of the Swansboro Area Youth Development Foundation.

White Oak High School (Tina Howard, Counselor; Mrs. Jane Dennis- Principal)

11.  Hannah DeNuzzi (Social Science)  Hannah is secretary of the Junior Class at White Oak where she is also the section leader and center snare of the Marching Vikings Drumline. In addition, she is Vice President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

12.  Victoria Gregg (Alto II): Victoria is Vice President of the Junior Class at White Oak and President of Tri-M Music Honor Society.

13.  Grey Goodson (Mathematics) - Grey spent last summer as a counselor-in-training at Camp Cheerio.  He is currently serving for two years as the area representative on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Student Athlete Advisory Council.  This year he helped found White Oak’s first KEY Club and tutors fellow students as part of the White Oak Math Honor Society.  He has also lettered in soccer and tennis.

 

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