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Clayton has six Governor’s Honors finalists

JONESBORO — Six students from Clayton County Public Schools were selected as Governor’s Honors Program finalists.

Governor’s Honors is a residential summer program where gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors gain exposure to various areas of study.

The program — which is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly and coordinated through the Georgia Department of Education — is entering its 50th summer.

Program Director Dale Lyles said Valdosta State University will host nearly 700 finalists of the 3,000 students who interviewed and auditioned for the program this winter.

“GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment,” said Lyles. “I congratulate the students of Clayton County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June.”

The local finalists are Sydney-Alyce Bourget of Elite Scholars Academy, Krista Dossie of Morrow High, Chiagoziem Obi of Riverdale High and Cortez Daniel, Aisha Etuazim and Jasmine Render, all of Mount Zion High. Render and Obi will study chemistry, Daniel and Etuazim will study music, Dossie will study executive management and Bourget will study biology.

Students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. Students choose another area of study and participate in seminars, activities, concerts and performances in the afternoons and evenings.

Lyles said the curriculum is designed to be challenging and engaging.

He added that many past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events in their lives.

Program finalists are expected to arrive at Valdosta State June 23 to begin the four-week enrichment program.