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Rome High’s Governor’s Honors nominees announced

November 7, 2019–7:53 a.m.


Rome High School’snominees of the state-wide Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) were announced this week, and ten Wolves will now begin the rigorous process to hopefully attend the residential summer program reserved for the winners.

The ten students and their chosen concentrations are:

-Emma Breithaupt (Communicative Arts)

-Adan Escutia Cruz (Communicative Arts)

-Anna Harper (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)

-Abigail Huggins (Communicative Arts)

-Shelby Lamb (Communicative Arts)

-Eric Legostaev (Science/ Physics)

-Ewan Parker (Communicative Arts)

-Elisabeth Plunkett (Communicative Arts)

-Thu Truong (Science/ Chemistry)

-Alayna Weber (Communicative Arts)

According to Melody Burse, Rome High School 11th grade counselor and Governor’s Honors Coordinator, 26 RHS students showed interested in the program, 19 continued through to the interview process (with local college professors) and 10 were chosen as nominees for the program.

“Rome City Schools has ten students who have been nominated to compete for Governor’s Honors. To get to this point in the process, each of these students went through an extensive interview process, held by an outside panel consisting of instructors from several of our local colleges,” explained Burse.

These ten students will now submit their official applications to be chosen as semi-finalists, moving up to the state-level interviews and then, hopefully, becoming finalists who will attend the mid-summer program at Berry College.

“The Georgia Governor’s Honors Programs offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom, and is designed to provide students with academic, cultural and social enrichment that is necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders,” said Burse.

During GHP, students will attend classes in the mornings and afternoons at Berry College from mid-June to mid-July. While here, students will also be presented with a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities.

“I am so excited!” smiled Emma Breithaupt, Rome High student, and GHP nominee. “We had our interviews last week, and I was very stressed out because I want this so bad.

“Even though not all of us will be chosen, because it is so selective, it is still an honor to be nominated and to have gotten to go through the initial process of being selected,” she continued. “It has also been a big morale builder for all of us as classmates and friends. I am just beyond excited and can’t wait for the next step!”

Adan Escutia Cruz is also excited for this process. “I’ve never been nominated for anything like this before, so I am very excited. When Mrs. Burse called me to the office to let me know I had been nominated I thought to myself, Oh my goodness! This is such a huge honor!” said Escutia Cruz.

“I am most excited to get the opportunity to (hopefully) be on Berry’s campus this summer and get this early college experience,” he explained. “Getting to learn more about my favorite subject, World Literature, is also super exciting.”

Congratulations to these students and good luck as they continue on this journey!